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Saturday, February 04, 2012

GOP secret weapon

Unemployment is down and the stock market is up. But Republicans still have a card up their sleeve to stall the positive trends. Remember the payroll tax and unemployment benefit extension?

House Republicans, who fought the Obama-proposed tax cut for working people tooth and nail in December are playing their cards close to their vest as the clock ticks down on the two-month extension approved around Christmas.

The economic good news is clearly troubling to the GOP, who apparent presidential nominee is reduced to spoon-feeding audiences and reporters vague criticism (‘These numbers cannot hide the fact that President Obama’s policies have prevented a true economic recovery. ‘We can do better’’) without facts to back them up.

Notes Steve Schmidt, no Obama fan:
“Those numbers are good news for the country and they are good news, politically, for the president,” said Steve Schmidt, who ran John McCain’s 2008 campaign. “It puts particular pressure on Mitt Romney as the nominee to offer a big, bold, sweeping agenda of reform and economic growth and contrasts with the president’s vision. He’s simply not going to be able to run a campaign built on a foundation of criticism.”
And while the GOP can hope the tenuous recovery can continue to gain its sea legs, House Speaker John Boehner appears ready to re-attach the poison bill of the Keystone Pipeline proposal to the tax cut extension, putting politics ahead of jobs yet again.

Maybe we should revise that old line to "what's bad for America is good for the Republican Party." Clearly what's good for GM is bad for the GOP.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

But we have these good things happening without Barack's job bill, but I suppose you'll say it would have been even better if it passed.

February 06, 2012 12:12 PM  

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