The Democrats have been successful at painting Republicans as being stubborn. “They have tried and tried to repeal Obamacare and they haven’t been able to. Why are they holding the government hostage to get their way?” That’s the message that they’ve been using to convince Americans who are not really aware of all the facts, that Republicans are responsible for the government shutdown. And it’s been working.
Neither side wants to give in. The Democrats are pretty confident that the longer this goes on, the more it hurts the Republican party, so they’re not in any hurry to end the standoff.
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