So an NPR commenter/pollster says that his results find that Americans see Republicans only slightly more at fault for the current shutdown than Democrats. And actually less at fault than polls found during the 1995(?) shutdown. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE??? This is a law passed years ago . . ..

I hate my country.

Update from a Dumdum: I couldn't find the original story because I was looking at "Morning Edition," rather than "Weekend Edition." The story (not transcribed) is here.

For you polling/numbers nerds, the poll was by Michael Dimock of the Pew Research Center for People and the Press. He said "Republicans are taking a little more heat for this than Democrats. . . . Right now the balance is not that extreme."

So I still hate my country.

UPDATE 2: If you all are conducting FB feuds with people who are of the "both are at fault" school, here are 2 Basic Facts that should be in every shutdown story from James Fallows that I am just pasting in FB when need arises:

  1. If the House of Representatives voted on a "clean" budget bill โ€” one that opened up the closed federal offices but did not attempt to defund the Obama health care program โ€”that bill would pass, and the shutdown would be over. Nearly all Democrats would vote for it, as would enough Republicans to end the shutdown and its related damage. (And of course itwould pass has already passed the Senate, repeatedly, unless the minority dared filibuster it, and would be signed by the president.) For illustrations of the wanton damage, see here and here.
  2. So far House Speaker John Boehner has refused to let this vote occur. His Tea Party contingent knows how the vote would go and therefore does not want it to happen; and such is Boehner's fear of them, and fear for his job as Speaker, that he will not let it take place