This comes from Political Wire, word for word.
Another interesting tidbit from the new Quinnipiac poll:"Looking at the 2014 Congressional races, voters pick a generic Democrat over a generic Republican candidate 43% to 34%, the widest Democratic margin measured so far."
According to Politico, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) "has privately warned House Republicans that they could lose their majority in 2014 as a result of shutting down the government."...PoliticalWire
Finally! The message is pretty clear...
Jonathan Chait reminds us that this isn't a "bipartisan breakdown." Nope. It's all Republican or -- more accurately -- all extremist all the way. Chait reminds us of the blueprint for extremism drawn up in that sadly overused, semi-ruined historic site, Williamsburg.
In January, demoralized House Republicans retreated to Williamsburg, Virginia, to plot out their legislative strategy for President Obama’s second term. Conservatives were angry that their leaders had been unable to stop the expiration of the Bush tax cuts on high incomes, and sought assurances from their leaders that no further compromises would be forthcoming. The agreement that followed, which Republicans called “The Williamsburg Accord,” received obsessive coverage in the conservative media but scant attention in the mainstream press. (The phrase “Williamsburg Accord” has appeared once in the Washington Post and not at all in the New York Times.)
...The decision House Republicans made in January has set the party on the course it has followed since. If you want to grasp why Republicans are careening toward a potential federal government shutdown, and possibly toward provoking a sovereign debt crisis after that, you need to understand that this is the inevitable product of a conscious party strategy. ...Chait,DailyIntel
Not every Republican in Congress thinks this is a great move.
Representative Devin Nunes, Republican of California, likened the hard-line, conservative members of his conference to “lemmings with suicide vests.”
“It’s kind of an insult to lemmings to call them lemmings, so they’d have to be more than just a lemming, because jumping to your death is not enough,” he said. ...NYT
True. Gotta kill everyone in the vicinity, if possible. But the victims turn out to be the perps. That leaves the Democrats on higher ground.
Oops! That isn't what the right wanted...
Ratings for the two major political parties have also reached all-time lows in CNN’s polling history. Fifty-two percent view Democrats unfavorably and 60 percent of people view Republicans unfavorably.
The Tea Party, whose members spearheaded the movement in Congress to defund and repeal Obamacare, has also reached an all-time low in its approval ratings. More than half of people in the United States have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a prominent Tea Partier, delivered a speech attacking Obamacare on the Senate floor last week for more than 21 hours.
The CNN poll says 36 percent of people view him unfavorably, 30 percent favor him... TheHill