Skip to comments.WaPo Poll: Obama’s big government evangelism collides with big government reality
Posted on 12/17/2013 8:42:25 AM PST by The Old Hoosier
Just as they surrender on the budget, the new Washington Post poll shows Republican ideas on cutting spending are back in fashion.
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You have to forgive the GOP corporatists. Old habits are hard to break.
I still believe that the cave on the budget was a tactical move to support the strategic position of keeping the 2014 political focus on the ongoing/ incremental collapse of Obamacare.
Two left feet...or is that two FAR left feet?
You are, of course, 100% correct.
So don’t be surprised when they likewise cave on the debt ceiling, hiking the minimum wage, and other smelly issues.
I can see a cave on the debt ceiling. Not sure about the minimum wage tho - there are a LOT of Dems who are beholden to corp interests and taking on the Dem corporate donors’ wishes will have an impact on their 2014 fundraising.
Taking charge of the overall running debate is probably a tougher job than many imagine. First, the discussion must be framed in as few specifics as possible, then the opposition has to be kept from trying to dodge away or shift the topic while they are being pinned to the wall like an insect specimen.
The Democrat party OWNS Obamacare, and all the artful bobbing and weaving will not take that stark and highly specific fact off the table. Obamacare does not work, it cannot be made to work, and it is impacting everybody in a negative fashion in ways never anticipated by its most fervent advocates.
Those of us who were perhaps less fervent have recognized its major flaws, both in concept and in application, but the air has been filled with so much din and obfuscation that until the pain has really begun to register with even the most low-information voters, there was just not much that would move the needle.
The avalanche is coming, and it is not going to be reversible in its effects. But hey, sometimes that is what is needed to help level the playing field.
I say, surf the avalanche, and drop demolition charges to steer it into a more useful final conformation.
“Just as they surrender on the budget, the new Washington Post poll shows Republican ideas on cutting spending are back in fashion.”
Those ideas will be popular with the swing voters right up until the point that their favorite program (which is all of them) actually gets a cut (which in Washington-speak is a “reduction in the rate of growth”)