The liberal VoteVets.org has a TV ad, seen on cable today in Florida, criticizing Republicans for the government shutdown. "I fought in six epic battles, fighting the Nazis," says WWII veteran Redge Ranyard. "Your shutdown is not an epic battle. It's bad governance. Americans and American Veterans like me depend on the entire government being open. I served this nation with honor. Today, I can't say the same about most Republicans in Congress."
Polls, including a new one today from the Washington Post, show Republicans have taken most of the blame for the shutdown. That has no doubt helped spur talks on Capitol Hill over a deal to end the stalemate and raise the debt ceiling.