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  •  The right and the punditry are saying (12+ / 0-)

    that President Obama and Democrats are screwing the pooch on their approach to the fiscal cliff.

    But President Obama's approval ratings are the highest they've been in years, 53% in Gallup and 54% in Rasmussen, both pollsters with a decidedly Republican lean.  52% in Gallup approve of Obama's handling of the fiscal cliff.

    Democrats, while not exactly popular, have a significantly higher approval than Republicans in their handling of the fiscal cliff - in Gallup 39% approve of Democratic leadership's handling of fiscal cliff, just 27% approve of Republican leadership's handling.

    Which proves my axiom, that whatever the right and the Beltway crowd say is the right and popular thing politically, the President and Democrats should do the opposite.  

    “Th’ noise ye hear is not th’ first gun iv a revolution. It’s on’y th’ people iv the United States batin’ a carpet.” - Mr. Dooley

    by puakev on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 10:50:32 AM PST

    •  Exactly why so many these days (3+ / 0-)
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      pay no attention whatsoever to the right and the pundits...

      Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
      ¡Boycott Arizona!

      by litho on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 04:15:03 PM PST

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      •  Problem is, the politicians do pay attention (0+ / 0-)

        and as a result the right and the punditry class end up having far more influence on the course of the debate than warranted.  It looks like President Obama finally understands this, as do most Democrats.  But there are still many "centrist" and "serious" Democrats, and moderately conservative Republicans, who take their cues from the pundits and are too easily startled by right-wing rhetoric and gestures.  

        “Th’ noise ye hear is not th’ first gun iv a revolution. It’s on’y th’ people iv the United States batin’ a carpet.” - Mr. Dooley

        by puakev on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 04:33:48 PM PST

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        •  Speaking of politicians' being startled (0+ / 0-)

          (i.e., having their political careers threatened), when is Jim DeMint scheduled to exit the senate?

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 05:37:13 PM PST

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