Day 25 of the government shutdown, polls tell different stories, Rep. Steve...

Day 25 of the government shutdown, polls tell different stories, Rep. Steve King punished

President Donald Trump visits Capitol Hill during the government shutdown, January 9, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian)
President Donald Trump visits Capitol Hill on Wednesday during the government shutdown. (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian)


CAPITOL HILL – On day 25 of the government shutdown, both sides are looking at the polls carefully as they figure out what to do next. An ABC News/Washington Post poll suggests that President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are mainly responsible for the shutdown by a margin of nearly 2-1.

Whereas 53% percent say that Trump and the GOP are responsible for the shutdown, 29 % blame congressional Democrats. 13% say both are equally accountable.

However this poll gets more-dicey for Democrats when it shows how perceptions for responsibility scrim along the limbic barrier of party lines. While 85% of Democrats and 78% of liberals mainly blame Trump and the GOP for the shutdown, only 68% of Republicans or 50% of conservatives blame the Democrats. Only a third of conservatives say President Trump and the congressional Republicans are at fault.

Congressional Republicans are tamping out another political firestorm caused by Iowa Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) question to the New York Times, asking, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

As a result, House GOP leaders moved Monday to remove Rep. King from his committee assignments on Judiciary and Agriculture.

From the Senate side, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called King’s remarks “unwelcome and unworthy of his elected position.” Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) told Politico, “He doesn’t have a place in our party, he doesn’t have a place in polite company and certainly should not have a place in Congress.” Romney continued, “I’d back him getting out of Congress and getting out of our party, as well as a challenge politically.”

Looking forward, the Senate Judiciary Committee begins two days of confirmation hearings for William Barr become the next Attorney General of the United States.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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