Bill Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, said Republicans are overreacting to the negative blowback they have been receiving over government shutdown.
“It is going to be forgotten in a month,” Mr. Kristol said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Two months from now, I think the minor derailment of the shutdown will look like nothing compared to the train wreck of Obamacare.”
Poll after poll has shown that Republicans are bearing the brunt of the blame for the shutdown and that the party has failed to make inroads with key slices of the electorate — women, minorities and young voters — that helped power President Obama to victory in the 2008 and 2012 elections.
The shutdown has sparked a flurry of intraparty fights within the GOP between the Republican establishment and rank-and-file grassroots conservatives who supported the efforts that Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah made to pressure their colleagues into rejecting any spending bill that included money for Obamacare.
Several Republicans said that strategy, which led to the shutdown, was doomed to fail from the beginning.
Mr. Kristol said there is a “ridiculous amount of hysteria among Republicans” in Washington and across the country who didn’t like the shutdown and who are now in a “total meltdown and panic” about a shutdown that “basically had no effect on anything.”
He said the costs of Obamacare is more of a worry than a two-week shutdown that might have inconvenience a few.