Voters understand that the Republican party was largely responsible for the government shutdown, and they will take it out on them in the midterm elections. Obama and congressional Democrats have been seeking bipartisan solutions to the country's problems, but Republicans have been extremely stubborn and refuse to cooperate even when it is essential.
The GOP will be hurt more than the democrats by the government shutdown in the next election. The point is that we elect these individuals to provide answers and get to the solutions of the problems. We should not allow them to be able to shut down the government everytime someone gets their feelings hurt.
The GOP's approval rating plummeted to the lowest ever during the shutdown. The GOP took a bigger hit than the democrats for the shutdown because it only furthered their image as a party that is largely out of touch with the American people. Also, the small group of ultra-conservative members of the GOP are seen as party bullies that are railroading the rest of the party.
I do think that the GOP will be more hurt than the democrats, in the next election, because of the government shutdown. Although I do feel that both parties are to blame, the GOP is becoming increasingly stubborn. Most people feel that it was the GOP's fault for the shutdown.
The shutdown was a brilliant move on the part of the repugs. They knew all along that obumblecare would cause millions of ppl to lose their healthcare coverage, and that this would quickly outweigh any public anger over the shutdown. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, with polls swinging 20% to the repugs in only one week. The repugs are now invincible unless they throw the country into a depression in the next 9 months.
Needless to say, this will have dire consequences for the country in 2014 and beyond as it will lead to a series of increasingly reactionary govts being elected.
Neither party will have much to face as for consequences for the government shutdown in the next election. The voting public will be swamped with ads from each party blaming each other for the shutdown but most people will ignore the past to focus on what the politicians are promising for the future. No consequences means no change and the crap will keep getting shoveled down onto the working poor in the US.