As the government shutdown that began Tuesday heads into the weekend, President Barack Obama, Congressional Democrats and Republicans in the House are no closer to reaching a deal which would end the standoff.
On Friday, a White House official told the Wall Street Journal that the administration is not in a rush to end the standoff. The Obama administration official told the WSJ that he sees victory:
Said a senior administration official: “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.”
The WSJ report notes that the polls show that the president and Democrats are receiving less blame from the public for the shutdown than their Republican counterparts. However, the gulf of blame is much narrower than it was during the 1995 – 1996 shutdowns.
Furthermore, WSJ indicates that “people may not sympathize with his [Obama’s] refusal to negotiate over the debt ceiling.” The Treasury Department indicates that Congress will need to raise the debt ceiling by October 18, or risk defaulting on the nation’s debt.
UPDATE: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told POLITICO reporter Ben White on Friday that he is prepared to “disavow” the idea that the administration does not care when the shutdown ends because they are winning the argument with the public.
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