Shut down the gummint, as some Repubs threaten, wanting to defund the coming trainwreck, otherwise known as ObamaCare? Perish the thought!
The House Republicans lost only nine seats. Nine. In fact, nationally, the House GOP got 47.8% of the popular vote to the Democrats only getting 48.1%. In fact, the House GOP outperformed Bob Dole who only got 40% of the vote. The total loss wound up being a net of eight as the GOP picked up one Democrat seat. At the time, Gingrich credited the hard line the GOP took as helping the GOP hold their own.
The Senate Republicans actually gained seats. Two.
I would argue that these losses had much more to do more than a year removed from the government shutdown with Bob Doles anemic, struggling campaign and national infrastructure, than with the government shut down. Likewise, the nine who lost were the most vulnerable House Republicans.
In other words, Erick of RedState argues, all that does not glitter may actually be a good idea.