Yo Repubs? How’s that “Do Nothing” Strategery Working Out?

The polls are in and the Republican strategery of doing nothing about the economy is proving to be wildly unpopular with the people, while Obama remains popular. Hey, and bipartisanship is something the public seems to want as well. Gosh, that means a total of three Republicans are going to get some credit! Massive GOP FAIL!

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

I just can’™t get over this New York Times poll this morning. Obama is getting the backing of the people of America in far higher numbers than just those who voted for him, and by far they are optimistic about the stimulus. How do they favor the Repubs and their ‘œdo nothing‘ and ‘œknow nothing‘ strategeries? Not so much. From the New York Times:

A majority of people surveyed in both parties said Mr. Obama was striving to work in a bipartisan way, but most faulted Republicans for their response to the president, saying the party had objected to the $787 billion economic stimulus plan for political reasons. Most said Mr. Obama should pursue the priorities he campaigned on, the poll found, rather than seek middle ground with Republicans.

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Americans are under no illusions that the country’™s problems will be resolved quickly, but the poll suggested that they will be patient when it comes to the economy, with most saying it would be years before significant improvement.

A month into Mr. Obama’™s term, with his first big accomplishments, setbacks and political battles behind him, more than three-quarters of the people polled said they were optimistic about the next four years with him as president. Similar percentages said that they thought he was bringing real change to the way things were done in Washington and that they had confidence in his ability to make the right decisions about the economy.

The aura of good will surrounding Mr. Obama at this stage of his presidency is similar to the one that benefited Ronald Reagan as he led the nation out of economic gloom.

With a job approval rating of 63 percent, Mr. Obama is in a strong position to sell his economic policies. Yet the poll also captured skepticism about how effective his plans will prove to be in addressing the deep recession, as well as a strain of populism that could test his ability to retain public support for efforts to prop up key sectors of the economy.

I’™m thinking there is a bandwagon concerning bipartisanship that the Republicans would do well to get aboard. I do not expect them to do so, though. I think they are hard wired right now to oppose anything a Democrat proposes, whether that is the Democratic Congress or Barack Obama. They ignore Obama’™s popularity at their peril.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 by Richard Blair |

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