Hey Cantor! Know When to Fold ‘Em!

18 Jul

Some 71% of Americans disapprove of Congressional Republicans’ handling of the debt crisis, while just 21% support the GOP’s efforts, a CBS News poll finds. Congressional Democrats fare better, but only slightly so: 58% disapprove of their work on the issue; 31% approve. President Obama gets the best poll numbers of all the players, but his 48% disapproval figure remains larger than his approval rating, at 43%.

71% Disapprove of GOP’s Debt Efforts


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7 responses to “Hey Cantor! Know When to Fold ‘Em!

  1. ken

    July 18, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    All the poll shows BT is that democrats approve of democrats no matter what they do.

    51% of republicans disapprove of the way republicans are handling this debt debate; its very unlikely the republicans who disapprove of republicans handling of this want the republicans to agree with Obama, but likely want the republicans to fight harder.

    This would be a better indicator of the American people’s mindset about this:

    I doubt Obama has done anything significant to improve this:

    The poll numbers confirmed here:

    The best way for republicans to lose their electoral advantage would be to fold up, they were elected to check Obama, not fold to him.


    • btx3

      July 19, 2011 at 8:32 AM

      Ken – the fundamental flaw in your argument is this – Republicans were elected to solve problems, not “check Obama”. Inherently, that is why the Republican approval numbers are less than half of Obama’s and even lower than the Democrats.

      Should the impasse result in a default – 70-80% blame the Republicans. Only 20% blame the Democrats or President Obama.

      This will be the current version of the Republican Party’s Waterloo.

      While the impact of a default is definitely being overstated in the Press, and Aug 3rd isn’t really when it hits the fan- it does hit the fan in about 30 days, and collapses the US economy in about 90.


      • ken

        July 19, 2011 at 6:42 PM

        I don’t know if I agree republicans were voted in to solve problems this time… Still 52% want health care reform repealed, passing/ramming that legislation against great opposition of the population was probably the biggest factor to the republican landslide victory of last year. The electorate wants debate not the kind of slipshod work of “we’ll find out what’s in the bill after we pass it”.


      • btx3

        July 20, 2011 at 9:49 AM

        Ken, the 52% number is based on two camps, one conservative who think it is a bad idea – and the second progressives who feel that without thing like single payer, the bill is a failure. Progressives want the bill replaced with something that makes sense from their viewpoint. So it’s not quite right that 52% want a “repeal”.

        The biggest factor in the Democrats loss last ear is the same one that will cost the Republicans in 2012. Folks were looking for a Congress which worked to solve problems, and spent a lot less time in partisan bulldiddle. The debt ceiling issue is the most extreme case of obstructionism by Republicans since the Bill Clinton symbolic impeachment.. I think if Republicans force this thing off the edge – we will see the same sort of swing next election in the other direction.


  2. nanakwame

    July 19, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Oh they are going to find a way to save face the Old GOP, or; they will kiss taking over the Congress anytime soon. What that old saying: if you deal with dogs, you better have a stick in the other hand


    • btx3

      July 19, 2011 at 11:35 AM

      I think the GOP has become such a hostage to the radical elements that the only thing saving them has been Democrat cowardice.

      Remember, when the Dems had control of the House – they let he Republican tail wag the whole dog for two years.


      • t-shirts101

        July 20, 2011 at 3:06 PM

        What’s the source of this cowardice – being held accountable by their corporate donors (too)? Or (and) the fact that corporate media pays far more attention to Republican talking points due to their own financial interests?

        My only hope is what you’ve just outl;ined – the people will vote (correctly) in such huge numbers that it will nullify the current politically regressive plan.



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