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GOP Puts Spotlight on Feckless Senate Democrats

sleroi Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 10:25 AM
Once again we have a pundit trying to defend a cowardly house, perpetuate the myth that not raising the debt ceiling means default, and paint the tea party as well meaning but detrimental to the cause. And the pundits advice: a series of short term compromises. So two years from now instead of enjoying the fruits of a long term deal we will be in the exact same place. Republicans may not be able to govern from one house of congress, but they do have the means to affect rational, necessary change and an electorate who demands they do so. What they lack is the courage to do so.
latebloomer Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 10:51 AM
Barone is a right-leaning analyst 1st, an opinionator second. I saw very little- if anything- in this particular piece for or against the House members or leadership; merely a straightforward attempt to explain and project the motivations and actions of people caught up in (and yes, responsible for) a dismayingly convoluted and corrupt process
sleroi Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 11:41 AM
The statement about the Republicans learning that they can't govern from one house of congress is an excuse, and the advocacy of short-term extensions (with what in return? and where does that get us?) is an endorsement of retreat. And likening the tea party to peacenik democrats is insulting. Maybe the Republican's numbers, and Boehner's in particular are so low because 1) Democrats and Liberals don't like them, and 2) conservatives are fed up with their cowardice. Who's left to approve? Boehner is so concerned with public opinion, i.e. what the liberals think of him, that he is denying what the people who elected him are demanding: standing up for conservative principles.
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...