Hugh Hewitt

E.J. Dionne tweeted out a pointer Friday morning to this TPM post that has the lefties very excited about how they are "winning" the shutdown.

Odd way to read a poll, when 52% blame everybody or just the Democrats, but the Democrats have been math challenged for a long time. Viewed through the lens of the 2014 elections, this poll is wonderful news for the GOP, as the narrative of President Nobama is emerging --no negotiations, no compromise, no nothing. President Obama will negotiate with the Syrian butcher Assad and erase the fabled "red line" when told told to by Russian President Putin, and he will negotiate with the happy face of the killer regime in Iran, President Rouhani, but not with Republicans over issues all presidents have always negotiated over.

The lefty media is busy trying to spook the nervous among the GOP with stores as hyper-partisan as this one from Friday's New York Times --a "round up the usual suspects" story if there ever was one.

That story neglects to note what GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said very clearly on my show Thursday (full transcript here) and in other venues as well:

HH: Now in terms of the end result here, do you see a possibility that the Republicans will simply fold and pass what is known as a clean CR and a straight debt limit? In other words, just collapse in the face of the President’s stridency?

MM: No, I don’t think there’s any chance of that.

And, later in the same conversation:

HH: Last question, Senator McConnell, I just want to be clear, then. You do not see any way, do you, that a clean CR and a straight debt limit with no conditions attach pass the House and the Senate?

MM: No, that will not happen.

The MSM is working overtime to create the appearance of significant splits within the GOP, while ignoring huge fissures among House Democrats and crucial facts such as the fact that the House GOP has sent the Senate nine different bills to end the government shutdown and will send more, while the Senate has sent the House exactly one bill and Reid is saying my way or the highway.

It is hard to keep the rhetoric of hostage taking going when those government services the public most cares about are being shut down by the inaction of the Senate and president for nakedly political purposes.

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt is host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Hugh Hewitt's new book is The War On The West.