The Winston Group is a strategy and research firm dedicated to making ideas matter.

NY Times: Senate Leaders Mull Raising Debt Ceiling in Challenge to House

by Lisa Mathias

In the latest news on the on-going government shutdown, the New York Times reports on the continued back-and-forth disagreements between House Republicans and Democrats, including President Obama. But the WG’s David Winston doesn’t think that either side knows how the debate will end:

But David Winston, a Republican pollster close to Mr. Boehner, said Mr. Obama’s stance was likely to prove unpopular as well. “Anyone who says he knows how this is going to turn out doesn’t know,” Mr. Winston said. “We are in a very unsettled time.”

To read more: nytimes.com

Politico: Government shutdown: Why many Republicans have no reason to deal

by Lisa Mathias

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt writes about how the current government shutdown may not be a reason for some Republican lawmakers to worry about losing their jobs, mainly due to being from districts in which voters won’t vote them out. The WG’s David Winston provided some insight:

“Is redistricting a big deal in the sense that there is a greater threat from a primary than a general election? The answer to that is yes,” said David Winston, a Republican pollster and adviser to Boehner. “It’s clearly an element.”

Read more: politico.com

Politico: Government Shutdown: Republicans downplay 2014 shutdown fallout

by Lisa Mathias

Just before the government shutdown began, Politico reported on the potential effects it might have on Republicans going into the 2014 elections. The WG’s David Winston commented in the report:

GOP pollster David Winston told POLITICO that it’s unclear how much a shutdown would affect the 2014 election.

“Here’s the bottom line: When it’s 52-card pickup, everyone is going to get hurt to some degree because people are seen as not governing,” Winston said. “It’s hard to know what the impact could be, but it creates a significant amount of uncertainty.”

To read the full article: politico.com

Politico – The GOP should just do it

by Lisa Mathias

Politico reports on the current drama in Congress over a potential government shutdown amidst the debt ceiling debate. The WG’s David Winston refers back to when the government shut down during Newt Gingrich’s stint as Speaker of the House:

“What people forget is that going into that shutdown, Dole had a pretty significant lead,” said David Winston, a pollster and strategist who has advised the House Republican leadership, then and now. “And by the time they finished the two shutdowns, he was trailing by a significant margin. All the numbers dramatically changed.”

Read more: politico.com

National Journal: Shutdown rhetoric carries risk, reward

by Lisa Mathias

National Journal’s Jim O’Sullivan writes about strategists’ reactions to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s unyielding stance on the possibility of a government shutdown. O’Sullivan turned to David Winston for his outlook on McConnell’s stance, as highlighted by his appearance on Meet the Press:

“All the discourse is: is government going to shut down? My sense of what McConnell is trying to drive home is we finally have the situation to actually get some things done,” Winston said, adding that the upcoming debates over the continuing resolution and debt ceiling present “this unique bipartisan moment” that could remake the nation’s fiscal outlook.
“What McConnell was trying to do was to get David Gregory to think differently about the opportunity,” Winston said.

To read the full article, access it at govexec.com