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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-26-11 02:54 PM
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Independents WANT Obama to fight GOP harder
By Greg Sargent
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/inde...

Its been widely reported that Obamas political team believes that the best way to win back the all-important independent vote is to reach grand compromises with Republicans. Hence Obamas much-discussed adult in the room strategy.

But what if crucial independent voters actually want Obama to be more confrontational with Republicans, and dont see compromise as a virtue in and of itself?

Thats the conclusion suggested by the new Pew poll. The key toplind finding in the poll is that overall, theres been a rise in the number who want Obama to challenge Republicans more aggressively:
http://people-press.org/2011/08/25/section-1-views-of-o... /

A 37% plurality now contends that Obama should challenge the Republicans in Congress more often; 25% say Obama should go along with GOP leaders more frequently, while about the same percentage (26%) say he is handling the situation about right. In April, fewer (27%) said Obama should challenge GOP congressional leaders more often.



http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_...

http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-chait/94250/obamas-pub...
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nineteen50 Donating Member (488 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-26-11 02:55 PM
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1. Do you mean they want him to knock himself out?
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-26-11 02:58 PM
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2. But...but..he is powerless. He can't do a thing without a 99% majority in congress.
Well...except veto some bills. Naw..scratch that. It would only be applauded by "the(EEK!)Fringe".
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-26-11 02:58 PM
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3. I've found generally that independent voters hold a firm sense of one's positions as more important
Edited on Fri Aug-26-11 03:09 PM by Brickbat
than what those positions are. I was always amazed at how many small-business owners, conservative farmers and the like would tell me, "Oh, I'll vote for Paul (Wellstone) -- I don't always agree with him, but at least you know where he stands...and he sure is a fighter, isn't he?"
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-26-11 02:59 PM
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4. I'm with the independents.
He needs to be much more aggressive with the Republicans.

Much more.

It would go a long way towards making me happier about his re-election.

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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-26-11 03:04 PM
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5. Oh, those independents -- they're just like the left wing of the Democratic Party.
;-)
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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-26-11 03:07 PM
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6. k to the r
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blkmusclmachine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-26-11 03:09 PM
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7. The WH has its marching orders, "voters" be damned.
n/t
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DirkGently Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-26-11 03:55 PM
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8. They sound like a bunch of professional mildly left-leaning centrists. Who needs them?
( ;) )
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