10/09/2013 01:32 pm ET

Conservative Columnist: Obamacare Campaign Is 'Suicide Of The Right'


Conservative columnist John Podhoretz railed against Republicans' strategies on Wednesday, casting the party's fight against Obamacare as the "Suicide of the Right."

In an op-ed for the New York Post, Podhoretz lamented how Republicans are looking "considerably worse" than President Barack Obama and Democrats, thanks to Obamacare not being as unpopular as the party makes it out to be.

"I dislike what they dislike," Podhoretz wrote. "I want what they want. But I fear they are very, very wrong about the existence of this silent majority, and that their misperception is leading them to do significant damage to the already damaged Republican 'brand.'"

Podhoretz' comments arrived on the heels of another poll showing that Republicans are footing the blame for the 2013 government shutdown. Wednesday's Associated Press-GfK survey shows that 62 percent mainly blamed Republicans, while about half placed responsibility on Obama or Democrats.

According to HuffPost Pollster's latest charts, both parties have suffered a hit in terms of favorability. Of 30 publicly available polls, Democrats are facing a 50.4 percent unfavorable rating. Republicans are staring at slightly worse result, with a 55.9 percent unfavorable rating.


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