Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Debt Deal Done - What's Next?

OBAMA
  • August 2, 2011 - Obama Hurt, But Tops GOP In Debt Talks, Pennsylvania Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Romney, Santorum Tied With President In 2012 Matchup (Quinnipiac University)
  • Public Doubts Washington Can Get Things Done (By Matthew Cooper, National Journal) Fully 45 percent of independents said that Obama behaved more responsibly and only 29 percent of independents said the Republicans did.
  • The Economic Left is Left Out of the Debt Deal (Mark R. Yzaguirre, FrumForum) But the events of the last few weeks show that the economic left is just one player of the Democratic coalition, a player that in this case didn’t win the day.
  • Ransom Paid (Robert Reich blog) The radical right has now won a huge tactical and strategic victory. Democrats and the White House have proven they have little by way of tactics or strategy.
  • Debt Fight Over, Obama Promises Action on Jobs (By MARK LANDLER and JEFF ZELENY, NY Times) Mr. Obama’s embrace of deficit reduction provides him an opportunity to help win back the independent voters who were crucial to his victory in 2008. But the president may need to do some repair work with Democrats angered by the deep cuts in the plan — and a perception, held by some liberals, that Mr. Obama was rolled by the Republicans in the House.
  • President Obama Loses Support in Pennsylvania (By Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics) The president’s job approval ratings are also underwater in the Keystone State, 43 percent to 54 percent. The majority of independent voters disapprove of the job Obama is doing, 56 percent to 40 percent. By a nine-point margin, 51 percent of this important voting bloc don’t think the president deserves re-election.

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