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One Third of Republicans Not Happy with GOP Leadership


Of Republicans have a favorable view of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Also troubling for the GOP leaders is the fact that 45% of Republican respondents said GOP leadership in Congress is not conservative enough.


Boehner: Running House Majority Like Herding Frogs

I like to describe my job as trying to get 218 frogs in a wheelbarrow long enough to pass a bill. It’s hard to do.

— House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), quoted by the Los Angeles Times.

Poetic Justice

Again and Again

The 113th Congress is back in session again.
The Republican-led House is doing it yet again.
They’re starting off
Right where they left off,
They’re voting to defund Obamacare — again.


House Still Considering Impeachment of Obama

We’ve also talked about the I-word, impeachment, which I don’t think would get past the Senate in the current climate … Is there anything else we can do?

— Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), quoted by the Washington Post, noting there are enough votes in the House to impeach President Obama.


Republicans Gain 10 points in Generic Congressional Ballot

49% to 47%

A new CNN/ORC International survey finds Republicans with a two-point edge in the generic congressional ballot — a big reversal from just last month when Democrats led by eight points.

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Cumulative Polling on Congresional Approval Ratings Reveals GOP Vulnerability

Steve Benen at Maddowblog:

I put together this image charting the results from a new national Quinnipiac poll, which shows Democrats taking a nine-point lead over Republicans on the generic congressional ballot — an advantage that’s steadily grown in recent months.

There is simply no good news for the GOP in the Quinnipiac results. Significant majorities oppose Republicans using a shutdown to go after the Affordable Care Act, trust President Obama over the GOP on most national issues, and blame Republicans for gridlock. In all, 74% of Americans disapprove of congressional Republican lawmakers — their lowest score ever in a Quinnipiac poll.


So Do We, Sherwood, Even Us Atheists

I thank God every night in my nightly prayers for giving me the insight to decide in 2006 not to seek re-election.

— Ex-Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), quoted by National Journal Daily.


Chait: Boehner a ‘Trembling Child Monarch’

Yesterday, the House of Representatives pulled a bill from the floor for lack of votes — the sort of scrambling chaos that occurs routinely in the chamber where John Boehner presides like a trembling child monarch. But this defeat was different. The bill concerned the funding of housing and transportation programs, though its failure represented more than just a programmatic setback, or even a setback for the Republican economic strategy writ large, but the potential ruin of its entire posture toward Obama. Since taking control of the House two and a half years ago, Republicans have fomented a series of crises that seemed to have no end in sight, explicitly refusing to negotiate with Obama and implicitly denying his legitimacy as president. The crumbling of that wall is far from certain, but yesterday a wide crack opened up.

— Jonathan Chait, writing in New York Magazine.


Republican Lawmakers Apparently Have Come to Hate Lawmaking

One of the novel developments in conservative thought during the Obama years is a burgeoning hatred not merely for government but for lawmaking. Before the Obama era, the ends of crafting laws divided the parties, but the means did not. The process of corralling votes, placating hold-outs, and hammering out compromises was not something either side especially loved — you’ve heard the classic line about watching the sausage get made — but also not something that one side disliked more than the other. But a hatred for lawmaking has emerged in the Obama years, first as a Republican tactic, and then as an apparently genuine belief system.

— Jonathan Chait, writing in New York Magazine.

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Republicans Kill Bill That Would End Tax Advantages for Shipping U.S. Jobs Overseas

Republicans in Congress prove once again that they are in power to push the interests of their corporate sponsors and billionaire benefactors, not their unemployed, about-to-be-foreclosed-upon constituents:

Senate Republicans on Thursday killed a measure backed by President Barack Obama that would encourage companies to bring overseas jobs back to the United States.

The measure being pressed by Obama’s Democratic allies is rich with political symbolism, but whether it would have had much practical impact on decisions by companies to “outsource” jobs to lower-wage countries is open to question.

Democrats brought the measure to the Senate floor in concert with political attacks on Mitt Romney, whose private equity firm, Bain Capital, promoted the practice of outsourcing jobs to countries like China and India.

The bill would forbid companies from deducting the expenses of moving workers or operations overseas from the U.S., and would offer a 20 percent credit for the costs of shifting workers back home.