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October 21st, 2013
05:45 PM ET

Analysis: House Democrats will be able to distance selves from botched Obamacare rollout

In the wake of the recent 16-day government shutdown, a brand new CNN/ORC poll shows that 71% of voters think that most members of Congress should get the boot, but only 46% of respondents think their own lawmakers deserve re-election.

Republicans should be worried, said Politico reporter Manu Raju.

"What we've seen through this whole shutdown and this crisis-after-crisis atmosphere in Washington, is that incumbents are getting less and less popular. So this is a concern for Republicans," said Raju.

"If there is another shutdown in January, if there's another crisis atmosphere and the party takes the blame for it, it's something they'll have to worry about," said Raju.

Anther new poll number notes 60% of respondents say the tea party is "too extreme," while 56% identify the Republican party  and 42% the Democratic party as too extreme.

"Parties build brands – are you the responsible party, can you be trusted? And we saw what happened in the 1970s and 1980s when Democrats acquired a reputation as people who just couldn't be trusted with responsibilities of government. They tended to lose a lot," said political commentator and Republican strategist David Frum.

The botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act's website, healthcare.gov, gets at the heart of competence, which is one of the things President Barack Obama talked about in 2008 and 2012. This website is not being rolled out competently.

"Democrats in Congress are going ... to be able to distance themselves from it," said political commentator and Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen.

"For the first time, I think, we may actually have tea parties being the bogyman in this race the way that, for instance Nancy Pelosi was in the last congressional election," said Rosen.

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