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CNN is out with some new polling data this morning that doesn’t bode especially well for the GOP on the eve of a likely government shutdown:
According to the poll, which was conducted Friday through Sunday, 46% say they would blame congressional Republicans for a government shutdown, with 36% saying the president would be more responsible and 13% pointing fingers at both the GOP in Congress and Obama.
Rand Paul, for his part, is making the argument that the blame should be directed at the White House:
In an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Paul placed the blame of a potential government shutdown squarely on Obama’s shoulders.
“The president’s the one saying, ‘I will shut down government if you don’t give me everything I want on Obamacare,’ ” Paul said. “That, to me, is the president being intransigent and being unwilling to compromise.”
“I’ve said all along it’s not a good idea to shut down government… but I also think that it’s not a good idea to give the president 100 percent of what he wants on ‘Obamacare’ without compromise,” he added. “Our new compromise is not getting rid of his signature achievement, but delaying it to make sure that it doesn’t totally destroy the insurance market in our country.”
How do you envision a shutdown playing out politically? And what advice would you give congressional Republicans to minimize the damage/maximize the benefit from this showdown?