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GOP Puts Spotlight on Feckless Senate Democrats

Earl29 Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 4:38 PM
The House has the power of the purse which is THE power.
Luscious Lars Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 5:25 PM
Agreed, however, they have to know how to wield such power against the political powers and the power of the bully pulpit which the President has. I'm not so confident that John Boehner is a man who knows how to take command of the powers at his disposal. He seems a little too willing to go along to get along. We'll see how that goes heading into this next debt ceiling debacle.
Have the House Republicans come up with a winning strategy on the debt ceiling and spending cuts? Or just a viable one? Maybe so.

They certainly need one that is at least the latter, if not the former. Barack Obama is up in the polls since the election, as most re-elected presidents have been. The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows him with 52 percent approval and 44 percent disapproval. Other public polls have similar results.

In contrast, the NBC/WSJ poll reports that only 26 percent have positive feelings about the Republican Party and 51 negative feelings. Toward Speaker John...