But a closer look at the long term political impact of those shutdowns show that show that Gingrich's approval rating took an initial hit but returned nearly to what they were before the shutdowns, according to ABC News/Washington Post polls and Gallup polls.
And in the 2006 election, Senate Democrats lost 2 seats and Democrats gained a net of just two seats in the House.
But Republicans would be wise to proceed with caution. In the Clinton-era, the economy was booming and the unemployment rate was a low 5.6 percent.
Today's economy is still struggling to recover after the economic recession.
And if Americans view Congress as standing in the way of recovery, they may be far less forgiving if this standoff is perceived as impacting their personal economic stability.
"It doesn't take too much to knock the wind out of this economy," Binder said. "I don't think time is on their side."