We suspect Barack Obama will be the first president to serve two terms in office and never be blamed for anything. Obviously people have low expectations for the guy, but how is it the GOP can be blamed for going off the “fiscal cliff” after this guy has spent trillions we don’t have?
A new CNN poll shows that more Americans would blame Republicans if the country went off the fiscal cliff rather than President Obama.
45 percent of those polled by CNN said they would blame Republicans more; 34 percent said they would blame Obama.
But Republicans might have a political opportunity if they can convince Americans that President Obama is not working to cooperate with Republicans.
As if the Obama media would ever allow that.
The poll also indicates that the GOP is not exactly bargaining from a position of strength. Fifty-three percent of the country has an unfavorable view of the Republican Party; only 42% want to see congressional Republican have more influence than the president over the direction the nation takes in the next two years. And seven in ten say the GOP has not done enough to cooperate with Obama.
All of that helps explain why more Americans would blame the Republicans in Congress (45%) rather than Obama (34%) if the fiscal cliff provisions actually go into effect next year. Obama comes in for his share of criticism – nearly half say he is not doing enough to cooperate with the Republicans, although seven in ten want him to compromise with the GOP even if he has to sacrifice some of his beliefs.