Overwhelmingly Unpopular

Obviously, you’ve seen a lot of griping in this space about poopy-pants Republicans, and recently, poopy-pants centrists, and it’s good to see that I’m not alone.

What’s also interesting is that if I were asked these questions I would probably respond that I disapprove of how all three groups have handled the effort, but obviously I support Obama’s agenda in general, so it’s quite possible this poll actually understates the degree to which people are irritated by obstructionist poopy-pants in Congress.

This also escalates the size of the GOP’s wager that they’ll be able to capitalize on a failed stimulus bill in 2010 and 2012. It was their only hope to begin with, but given that they’re starting a considerable distance behind, they’ll be virtually praying of economic collapse, and failing that, at least scandal.

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2 Responses to “Overwhelmingly Unpopular”

  1. mike Says:

    cnn talking head this morning: suggests that obama is still trying to sell people on the notion that something needs to be done, which nobody disagrees with, rather than the specific thing that is being offered. i’m inclined to agree.

    as great as that tirade was, he still was talking about why we needed to take action, rather than explaining, even in broad terms, why this particular magnitude or type of action needs to be taken.

    alternatively, he could call out republicans and ask them what they would cut from the bill – nobody in their right mind can come out and say “yes, lets cut back on education and green infrastructure funding” and not look like a total douche. it might lead to a more productive dialogue.

    mccain mentions needing to have a bill half this big. well, what would you cut? and for obama, what’s the economic justification for a bill of this size?

  2. Jon Says:

    I mean, I think you’re right that Obama’s speech was talking about why we needed to action, but that was a product of the fact that Republicans have — under the mantle of bipartisanship that Obama invited them to don — completely derailed the conversation. A lot of that his fault. What isn’t his fault though is that the bill is by it’s nature a tremendous hodgepodge of various projects, and this particularly easy to nitpick, and particularly difficult to sell as “the specific thing that is being offered.” The only thing he could have done about that was stress that fact from the beginning, which I’m sure, was message tested and shown to be the least effective packaging.

    As for the calling out of Republicans, he’s done this numerous times and they essentially pick things at random. For example, Collins — a Democrat — HAS successfully cut education spending, and much to my chagrin, has managed to avoid looking like a “total douche.”

    Now, the result of all of this his been a bill pared back by (net from original to House to Senate) about $20 billion, and that’s a product of the “bipartisan negotiations” which will secure him roughly 2-3 votes in the senate, and landed him a whopping zero in the House (pending conferencing). Maybe that was necessary to sell it to the public (I don’t think so — his numbers were so damn high), but it certainly wasn’t necessary to sell it to the House Republicans and most Senators who weren’t going to vote for it in the first place. I don’t know that I’d call it a political debacle, but I sure wouldn’t call it a smashing success.


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