A recent CNN poll asked Republicans if they want President Obama’s policies to succeed or fail. Unsurprisingly, 51% responded that they want Obama to fail.
The poll also asked about Obama’s specific policy proposals, each one unlinked from the president’s name:
58% of Republicans SUPPORT cutting payroll taxes;
63% SUPPORT Federal aid to the states to hire teachers and first responders;
56% SUPPORT Federal spending on infrastructure;
56% SUPPORT raising taxes on millionaires.
The Republicans: In complete agreement with almost everything President Obama is trying to do, they just don’t want HIM to do it.
Greg Sargent writing in WaPo ponders why this might be the case:
In fairness, maybe when Republicans say they don’t want Obama’s policies to succeed, they are talking about the first stimulus, the health care reform bill, and Wall Street reform — and what they mean is they want to see these policies repealed. Or maybe the less charitable interpretation is true — whatever the consequences for the country, if Obama’s policies fail, he won’t get reelected. Or maybe the answer to that question represents the depth of strong GOP dislike for the president. Or maybe it’s a combination of all these things.
Anyone got a better explanation?
The first stimulus has already succeeded…at least as far as it might have for being too small,
The health care reform bill, while not going far enough in terms of creating single-payer / cradle-to-grave health care for all citizens, has provided health care for millions of Americans that previously had none.
Wall Street reform? What reform?
Better explanation? Well, since he asked: Any party that relied on The Southern Strategy to elect Saint Ronnie and has been crafting racist dog whistles in every election since, in the face of stark poll results like this, simply has to take off the silly tri-corner hats and put on the ugly white sheets that mirror their soul.