It appears the Republican über-message is suffering.
(e.s.)‘Alarm bells’ ringing over Republicans' flagging outreach efforts
Party strategists and a number of Republican lawmakers are concerned about fallout from the GOP’s handling of the government shutdown, public infighting between lawmakers, attempts to reach out to female and minority voters and an overall lack of a positive vision for the country.
“In terms of the big-picture messaging, there are alarm bells out there,” said former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, one of the co-authors of the RNC’s Growth and Opportunity Project report.
A pox upon their own house?
Seems to touch most of the bases. "Public infighting" is so much more discreet than "legislative arsonists" (h/t Nancy Pelosi).