Dear Republicans: there is no shame in giving up when you have no friends left. A new poll released Monday showed things are even more dire for the GOP than before: nearly three-quarters of Americans disapprove of the way Republicans are handling the budget negotiations. That’s up 63 percent from the start of the shutdown. The Washington Post/ABC News poll also found 61 percent of Americans disapprove of Democrats’—and President Obama—handling of the negotiations. But what even worse for Republicans is that less than half the party itself approves of their strategy. Really, sometimes the lesson is to just stop.
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