Here’s something interesting from Rasmussen, and it goes with our earlier post about why the Republicans on Capitol Hill must fight on Obamacare.
Amid a survey which finds that while 56 percent of the public believes a government shutdown will hurt the economy, by a 58-16 margin the respondents want real budget cuts rather than any increases, we find this paragraph…
Some conservative Republicans in both the House and Senate are refusing to approve a budget unless it slows or stops funding for the health care law, but the president and most congressional Democrats are adamantly opposed to any such cuts. However, 51% of voters favor having a partial government shutdown until Democrats and Republicans agree on what spending for the health care law to cut. Forty percent (40%) would rather avoid a government shutdown by authorizing spending for the health care law at existing levels.
All we hear is how devastating a government shutdown for any length of time will be to the Republican Party. We hear it from Republicans. Karl Rove can’t shut up about it. John Cornyn was on Sean Hannity’s radio show for 20 minutes yesterday moaning about how awful it will be for the party 13 months from now if the government is shut down for as much as a minute, and therefore Harry Reid and Barack Obama must be appeased or the GOP will be excoriated in the media, never to recover.
Lo and behold, Rasmussen finds that there is a majority in favor of a partial shutdown.
Which paints the Cornyns of the world in a miserably unfavorable light. The voters are looking for leadership anywhere they can find it, and it’s nowhere to be found among the people at the top.