GOPAfter some Republicans have spent months threatening to shut down the government unless Obamacare is defunded the American people have rightly decided to blame the GOP if there is a shutdown.

According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 51 percent of Americans would blame Republicans if there is a shutdown, only 31 percent would blame Obama and another 12 percent would blame both equally. 74 percent of Americans believe a government shutdown that lasts for several weeks would be either a crisis or a major problem.

Similarly, the poll found that if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, 54 percent would blame the GOP while only 25 percent would blame Obama.

I continue to fail to understand how conservatives even think this strategy could work. Step one in their plan is to create a crisis that will overwhelmingly be blamed on them. Somehow by magic this will make a president, who never needs to worry about another election, willing to destroy his legacy to help save Republicans from weeks of terrible press.

This is less a plan to hold the economy hostage and more a plan to hold your own political party hostage while threatening to shoot.