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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:00 AM

In 'fiscal cliff' fight, Obama gets better marks than Boehner

Source: Associated Press

If you picture the “fiscal cliff” struggle between the Democratic White House and the Republican House of Representatives as hand-to-hand political combat between the President and Speaker John Boehner, you’d have to score it as advantage Obama by a wide margin.

Mr. Obama’s approval rating is at a three-year high. Mr. Boehner’s is at an all-time low – even lower than Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker Boehner ousted when Republicans took over the House in 2010. Meanwhile, a majority of Americans now say the GOP is too extreme.

Depending on what happens with the automatic tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts that define the fiscal cliff just ten days off, that could change, of course. Public attitudes toward Washington are never very far from “a pox on both your houses.”

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Fifty-three percent of those surveyed in a new CNN/ORC International poll say they view the policies of the GOP as too extreme, up 17 points from two years ago. Only 37 percent say they view the policies of the Democratic Party as too extreme.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/fiscal-cliff-fight-obama-gets-better-marks-boehner-183808361.html

Here is the great irony. Boehner, who is extremely right wing, is being attacked from the right because he has entertained raising a miniscule amount of taxes. Thus, his speakership is in serious jeopardy, and he may very well get replaced by someone who is even more outspokenly right wing.

Indeed, the one thing that Boehner tried to do was to take the edge off of some of the Republicans' more strident sounding positions. In other words, Boehner presented a sane sounding face to the public. Perhaps the general public will get to see some of the craziness up front and center.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:10 AM

1. Rightfully so.

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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:12 AM

2. This is why I hope they replace him with someone even more ideologically extreme...

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The bottom line, this caucus won't allow for anything to get done anyway - so, let's ruin the Republican brand even more. If they go after someone who's even worse than Boehner, it's going to alienate even more voters and in 2014, Democrats will win back control of the House and expand their gains in the Senate ... allowing Obama to kick the shit out of the Repubs in the final two years of his presidency.

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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:44 AM

3. Louis Gohmert would be ideal especially with gems like this...

"I wish to God (the principal) had had an M4 in her office, locked up, so when she heard gunfire she pulls it out … and takes him out, takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids," the Republican from Texas said on "Fox News Sunday."

And that's just the tip of his insanity iceberg. My second choice would be Michelle Bachmann, but only if she brought her flaming husband to the press conferences.

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