At a press conference at the Capitol on Friday, Reid was asked, “You have made this very clear that you cast this as a Republican shutdown. Are you concerned as this wears on, that at some point people start to blame Democrats, too?"
“Well I tell you what, you search the papers with me today, you search the news accounts today and find anything that suggests that Democrats had anything to do with this shutdown,” Reid replied.
A Gallup poll released on Friday shows that Republican and Democratic congressional leaders are being seen negatively as a result of the shutdown. President Obama is taking a hit as well according to Gallup: “A majority of Americans, 57%, say they now view President Obama more negatively as a result of the shutdown,” the pollster said.
The fight over the shutdown is causing splits in the parties as well. A growing number of House Democrats have broken with their party leadership in the past two weeks to vote with House Republicans to approve funding for parts of the federal government that do not involve implementing Obamacare.
As CNSNews.com reported, the number of Democrats voting for funding bills put up by the House leadership that were then blocked by the Democrat-controlled Senate has grown from 2--who voted for a measure to fund the entire government except Obamacare--to as many as 36 who voted to pay members of the National Guard when on inactive-duty training.
However, because the Senate Democratic leadership has refused to support these measures, they have not been passed and sent on to President Obama to see if he would actually veto them to maintain his leverage in trying to force the House to fund Obamacare.
Press reports indicate that 17 House Republicans have released statements saying that they would support passing a clean continuing resolution on to the Senate that includes funding for Obamacare to end the shutdown.