I wrote yesterday that the government shutdown backfired for Newt Gingrich and Republicans in 1995; in the end, it helped Bill Clinton win his re-election race. If this new National Journalpoll of party insiders is any indication, today's GOP insiders are worried that history will repeat itself:
A new survey from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life sheds further light on the religious views of the Tea Party. In short, they're more evangelical and more socially conservative than your average American:
At this point, a government shutdown looks inevitable.
Funding for government services runs out on March 4, and while both parties want to pass a short-term budget bill that will keep things running until a more permanent solution is negotiated, House Republicans are using their new majority to demand huge budget cuts from Democrats. On Saturday, the House passed a seven-month temporary funding resolution that would cut $60 billion from the existing federal budget.