Not only did congressional Republicans get hammered in public opinion polls over the government shutdown, but many of their traditional allies turned on them, too. A Wall Street Journal editorial this week complained: “This is the quality of thinking – or lack thereof – that has afflicted many GOP conservatives from the beginning of this budget showdown. They picked a goal they couldn’t achieve in trying to defund Obamacare from one house of Congress, and then they picked a means they couldn’t sustain politically by pursuing a long government shutdown and threatening to blow through the debt limit.” Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post said that the only good thing about the shutdown was that it helped people identify which conservatives were reality-based and which ones were “unwilling or unable to combine conservative ideology with real-world political strategy.”
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