Will the shutdown hurt Republicans?
"Of course, you go back to 1995 and in the media it was a
disaster for the Republicans. In the real world it
wasn't. They won Senate seats in the year following, in the
election following the shutdown. They gained two seats and they
lost nine in the House. It was not a disaster. And from a
policy standpoint, what they stood for in that shutdown actually
led to Clinton signing welfare reform as something he needed to do
to get reelected in 1996. So there's that."
I think at the end of the day Americans will force Obama to own his administration even though he doesn't. They will not accept his blame strategy.
Just my guess.