Republicans have been seeking or claiming to have leverage in the ‘fiscal cliff’ talks but it just flew out the window. According to a Washington Post/Pew Poll released Tuesday 53 percent of Americans polled said Congressional Republicans are more to blame if GOP leaders failed to negotiate a deal. Only 27 percent would blame President Obama. Most believe that going over the supposed ‘fiscal cliff’ will be bad for the economy and their own personal finances. The poll’s findings are consistent with a Post-Pew survey taken just three weeks ago, therefore public perception remains unchanged.
The Washington Post reports:
While 53 percent of those surveyed say the GOP would (and should) lose the fiscal cliff blame game, just 27 percent say President Obama would be deserving of more of the blame. Roughly one in 10 (12 percent) volunteer that both sides would be equally to blame.
Those numbers are largely unchanged from a Post-Pew survey conducted three weeks ago and suggest that for all of the back and forth in Washington on the fiscal cliff, there has been little movement in public perception. The numbers also explain why Republicans privately fret about the political dangers of going over the cliff, while Democrats are more sanguine about such a prospect.
Approximately half of independents and 19 percent of Republicans also said they would blame Congressional Republicans.
Adding to the fiscal cliff talks:
On Fox News, Charles Krauthammer weighed in on the ‘fiscal cliff’ debate stating that the deal proposed by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was ‘insulting,’ then went on to urge Republicans to threaten to push the economy into a recession by taking a dive off the fiscal cliff.
Newt Gingrich: “Get a grip” and simply stop negotiating with President Obama and Democrats.
Grover Norquist: Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist said Sunday that if President Obama pushes the country over the supposed “fiscal cliff,” there will be a tea party backlash stronger than the movement that influenced the 2010 midterm elections, bringing in a wave of freshmen in the House.
This isn’t just another poll. This, just after the election means the GOP doesn’t need just an autopsy.It needs so much more, like a complete do-over from top to bottom, inside and out. The Republican Party has just imploded.