Why the Republicans need to compromise on the fiscal cliff
December 4, 2012 3 Comments
The latest Washington Post poll finds that Republicans will be disproportionately blamed (as they should) if we should go over the “fiscal cliff.” I think some of the underlying data in the latest Gallup on the matter is quite telling.
Democrats overwhelmingly support Obama 86-9. Republicans only support their leaders in Congress by a 56-39 margin. Wow. Huge advantage Obama. And although Republican rank-and-file is typically much less prone towards compromise than Democrats that’s not a much the case here:
Short version: pretty much all the political pressure to give in is on the Republicans. Doesn’t mean they will, but you’d sure want to have Obama’s hand in these negotiations.