The Tea Party is tearing the GOP asunder.
The latest poll should put aside any doubts as to whether the shutdown was worthwhile to the majority of Americans. And yes, we already knew this... but today's numbers are pretty staggering:
The survey highlights just how badly the GOP hard-liners and the leaders who went along with them misjudged the public mood. In the aftermath, eight in 10 Americans say they disapprove of the shutdown. Two in three Republicans or independents who lean Republican share a negative view of the impasse. And even a majority of those who support the tea party movement disapprove.
I find the negative polling numbers for the Tea Party most telling, because that kind of anger will come back to bite them in the 2014 election. When people are this angry, they do not forget.
No, they do not.
It is also an indicator that, over time, people have come to see the cost of this Tea Party game. Anger is still growing. Across parties, a majority of Americans have reclassified the Tea Party from 'ideological Republicans,' to 'dangerous fringe element.' One has only to look at polling within the Republican party itself to see real signs that a 2014 tidal wave is brewing:
The Post-ABC poll showed how badly divided Republicans are over the tea party. Among those who back the movement, 75 percent say they have a favorable opinion of it. Among those in the GOP who don’t support the tea party, 64 percent have an unfavorable view.I feel sorry for the 'RINO' element of the GOP, but they made their deal with the devil... they got themselves into this mess. And all of us have now paid dearly for their power gamble. Robert Reich is right to say that 'giving Republicans a bloody nose isn't enough.' It's time to wash this evil cadre out of office next year. The will is there.
Republican divisions also were evident when people were asked whether they approved of the way GOP lawmakers affiliated with the tea party handled the negotiations. Seventy-three percent of non-tea-party Republicans and GOP-leaning independents say they disapprove, while 55 percent of tea party supporters say they approve.