Shutdown As Reality Check

Josh Green is rooting for a shutdown. One of his reasons why:

One powerful driver of Washington dysfunction is the certainty among partisans of both camps that Americans secretly agree with them and would rally to their side during a shutdown. In April 2011, when Republicans first demanded concessions to pass a continuing resolution, many hoped for a shutdown because they thought the Tea Party movement that had rebuked Democrats in the midterm elections would rise up once again. Today, many Democrats want a shutdown because polls show Republicans would be blamed. Some Republicans disagree. “I think Americans would side with the people who are fighting against a law they know is unfair,” says Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, the godfather of the “defund Obamacare” movement … A shutdown would make clear who is right and who is wrong, removing the temptation for another showdown.

CNN’s latest polling finds that, should a shutdown occur, Americans are more likely to blame House Republicans:

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.