Lessons from the shutdown

Everything has probably been said about the government shutdown, but not everyone has said it. So here are my 6 cents: …

While President Obama is certainly right in maintaining there are no winners here, the GOP is surely a loser. Before the shutdown, many wondered whether Republicans would be hurt any more than Democrats. Now the data are in, and the conclusion is inescapable. … Every indicator suggests it’s been a disaster for the GOP. The damage to the brand is clear. Less clear is its ultimate electoral impact. [cont.]

Mark Mellman (Mellman Group), The Hill