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Adam Zyglis
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Ted Cruz seems to think that the government shutdown was “a remarkable victory” and when the shutdown ended, he claimed “The American people rose up and spoke with an overwhelming voice and at least at this stage Washington isn’t listening to them”. But fully 70% of Americans think that Republican politicians put politics ahead of their country, and the shutdown actually improved the popularity of Obamacare.

So who isn’t listening?

The shutdown was a complete disaster for the Republican Party. As one pollster put it “If it were not so bad for the country, the results could almost make a Democrat smile. These numbers lead to one inescapable conclusion: The Republicans are not tone deaf; they are stone deaf.”



  1. LGN wrote:

    Leadership, to where and what? Like getting sucked into an eddy.

    Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 8:06 am | Permalink
  2. Arthanyel wrote:

    The shutdown was a complete disaster and in the end they were able to wring absolutely no concessions out of the Democrats. Obama was exactly right – it is insanity to allow Republicans to hold the economy hostage to extract ransom from the majority.

    Well done Obama.

    Now we’ll see what happens. I hope that McConnell and Boehner will use the event to force the Teapublicans to stop some of the insanity and pass the best they can get that will PASS instead of the endless posturing. Or if the Teapublican insanity is incurable (that’s my opinion) then they abandon them and work bills with only the moderate Republicans and Democrats, realizing their position after 2014 will be no better – and possibly much worse.

    Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 8:15 am | Permalink
  3. Patricia wrote:

    I’m still waiting for bankers to be charged with fraud. Probably not much chance that theT-brains will be charged with extortion. What can realistically done about gerrymandering? That is the biggest obstacle to sanity in congress!

    Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 8:43 am | Permalink
  4. Don wrote:

    California passed a ballot initiative a couple years back that required a bi-partisan citizen commission to redraw the district lines in the state. All in all, they did a pretty good job compared to many states.

    Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 10:26 am | Permalink
  5. Jon Schuller wrote:

    I hope that the 70% mentioned in the article remember all of this 1 year from now as they enter their polling places and vote. Make the House all Democratic and maybe we’ll see some progress as the Do/Know Nothings watch from the sidelines.

    Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 10:28 am | Permalink
  6. TJ wrote:

    Thank goodness the Democrats/Obama FINALLY stood their ground and didn’t allow these Republican tactics to work yet again. This has been going on for 3+ years, but the Dems would always cave at the last minute, give up way too much in concessions, and avoid the tragedy – thus letting the Republicans get away with it.

    Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    Read on a blog how this man thinks Cruz is a genius. He gave no examples. But I think if you are out to feather your own nest instead of the good of the country, Cruz is a genius. His bank account must be growing by leaps and bounds.

    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 6:26 am | Permalink

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