Florida Voters Turn Against Obama after Debt Ceiling Deal

By: Thursday August 4, 2011 10:24 am

Early polling indicates that the debt ceiling deal President Obama negotiated with Congressional Republicans has significantly hurt him with voters. From Quinnipiac: Florida voters surveyed after the deal say 50 – 42 percent that Obama does not deserve to be reelected, compared to a 47 – 46 percent split before the deal and 50 – [...]

Ugly Debt Ceiling Fight Causes Independents to Sour on Everyone

By: Wednesday August 3, 2011 1:08 pm

The debt ceiling fight was definitely not one of our government’s finest hours and the ugliness of the fight managed to make Independents less happy with everyone in Washington according to Pew polling. President Obama fared slightly less bad than Speaker John Boehner among independents but that is not much of a silver lining for [...]

What the GOP Wants is Something Obama Won’t Call Victory

By: Monday July 25, 2011 5:19 pm

We now have two very similar proposals for dealing with the debt ceiling from Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Speaker John Beohner. Both are large packages of all cuts and neither of them increases revenue. Importantly both contain a Catfood Commission II, whose recommendation would get special fast tracking through Congress As [...]

Not a Bad Political Consolation Prize for McConnell

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 3:37 pm

The current fall back plan from Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell would allow the debt ceiling to be raised without a bipartisan deal on deficit reduction, while shifting the responsibility for the unpopular task of raising the debt ceiling onto President Obama. It would mean no new spending cuts and no new tax increases. If [...]

Obama Prepared to Sell Out Rank and File Democrats on Medicare to Enhance Personal Brand

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 11:19 am

Getting Republicans to sign onto a deal could enhance Obama’s personal brand. It would show him to be a serious “deficit hawk,” able to rise above partisan politics and cut a deal. But he would be helping himself at the expense of everyone else in the party. By giving the Republicans the political “out” they want on Medicare privatization, he could be dealing a devastating blow to everyone else in his own party who hoped to use the Ryan vote against their GOP opponents in 2012.

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