by Max Brantley
Only 28 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Republican Party, according to findings from Gallup released Wednesday.
That number represents a nadir for either party since Gallup began asking the question in 1992 and a 10-point drop for the GOP from a month ago. Sixty-two percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of the Republican Party.
The GOP is splintering over its strategy to force conservative reforms by sustaining the government shutdown and threatening default.
Republican leaders don't know what they want, other than for Democrats to accede to some sort of policy concessions in order to avert the crises. And they're divided on which of the two must-pass bills is the better one to hold hostage.
Two op-eds this week by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) make no demands about unwinding Obamacare — the party's central objective in the showdowns, which Senate Democrats have repeatedly quashed. And that has left Republicans lost on what to ask for or to placate their demanding base.