Whoever thought that blackmailing government, or the President of the United States was a wise decision should think again. There was no doubt how this would end, and even though it is not over, the writing is more clear for all to see.
A new poll from NBC News and The Wall Street Journal highlighted the peril for Republicans, showing that they have shouldered a far larger share of the blame for the government shutdown than Mr. Obama. Just 24 percent of Americans viewed the Republican Party favorably, an all-time low in the survey.
Republican lawmakers and aides repeatedly brought up the poll on Friday. “The reality is we are, in the eyes of the American people, in very bad shape,” said Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona. “You can’t argue with those polls.”
To the dismay of conservatives, discussions about including revisions to Mr. Obama’s health care program have been dropped from most serious negotiations. An e-mail plea from the group Tea Party Express summed up their frustration on Friday. “Are you like us and wondering where the fight against Obamacare went?” it asked.
Senate Republicans have insisted on dropping efforts to dismantle the law. At a lunch meeting in the Capitol earlier this week, Mr. McCain asked the roomful of Republican senators if any still thought that reversing parts of the program was an achievable goal now, according to a person briefed on the meeting. No one raised a hand, not even Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, the public face of the conservative push in Congress to repeal the law.