In the aftermath of the Tea Party’s hijacking of the Constitution to effect a “shutdown” and threaten the full faith and credit of the United States, President Obama offered Republicans a deal: Pass a budget, immigration reform and the farm bill. Essentially, he challenged the Republican leadership in Congress to show Americans that they could still be an effective governing party.
After all, as a CNN poll showed last week, a stunning 75 percent of Americans believe that Republicans should not be reelected in 2014. A barrage of other polls also showed that broad supermajorities blamed Republicans in Congress for putting party over country. The GOP’s brand has been battered, garnering historically low approval from Americans across the political spectrum— even among Republicans.