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WH Officials: No Negotiating Strategy Is Working

From The Hill:

White House sees GOP on ropes

By Amie Parnes | October 11, 2013

The White House thinks it has the GOP on the ropes.

Senior administration officials and White House allies point to the unsteady political maneuvers taken by Republicans in recent days as proof that the president’s “no negotiation” strategy is succeeding.

So all of the Republicans’ offers, their efforts to reach a compromise, are being held against them. They are being called "unsteady political maneuvers." How typical.

They say the GOP’s plunging poll numbers are proof that the fight over the shutdown and the debt ceiling is doing lasting damage, and that it’s only a matter of time until Republicans relent on their demands.

And never mind Obama’s plunging poll numbers. Which are seldom if ever reported.

“The strong public support for the president’s position does put pressure on Republicans and it isolates them from the majority of the American public,” said a senior administration official.

There is no strong support for Obama’s position. In fact, according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Poll, most of the country (41%) believe Obama is "putting his political agenda ahead of what is good for the country." (See below.)

Officials in the West Wing have watched with satisfaction as Republicans have struggled to coalesce around a strategy in the fight over the shutdown and the debt ceiling. They say the GOP’s about-face on defunding ObamaCare shows the party is flailing.

An "about face" would mean that the GOP is now pushing to fund Obama-Care. But modern ‘journalists’ can’t be expected to know English idioms.

“[It’s] hard to know what motivates them or brings them to the table,” the senior administration official said…

In other words, as always, the Republicans are ‘damned if they do, and damned if they don’t’ negotiate.

As we mentioned, the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll (a pdf file) has found that a majority of Americans think Obama is "putting his political agenda ahead of what’s good for the country."

Which of these is closer to your own view of President Obama’s actions and positions during the current budget disagreement?

Oddly enough, this minor detail is not being mentioned in any of the mainstream news media report on this poll.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “WH Officials: No Negotiating Strategy Is Working”

  1. yadayada

    Steve- your observations are always spot-on.
    however, judging by the “meeting” between the gop elitists and Nero, I fear they are ready to cave on o’care.




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