John on September 15, 2011 at 9:44 am
From Politico, more evidence that the left is ready to revolt:
With frustration and disappointment mounting from stinging defeats in Tuesday’s two special elections and over Obama’s jobs plan, the media is filled on Thursday with Democrats on the record publicly questioning and doubting the president and some of his policies, and a few even unleashing biting criticism…
Rep. Eliot Engel, a Bronx Democrat, offered his harsh take on the party’s loss in the New York special, focusing his attack on the president’s stance on Israel.
“What I get in my district is that people want the president to stand up for what he believes,” Engel told the Washington Post. “They want him to stand up to the Republicans; not cave in; stop giving up the store…And then I also get in my district a lot of Jewish people dissatisfied with Obama’s policies; what they’ve perceived to be his lack of support for Israel.”
“Maybe this will send a message,” he added.
And Democrats are increasingly voicing their distaste for parts of Obama’s new jobs plan, the New York Times reported.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat, told the paper he would not vote for more tax cuts, saying Obama “is in a box.”
“We have the economy that tax cuts gave us,” DeFazio said. And it’s pretty pathetic, isn’t it? The president is in a box.”
DeFazio is exactly right. The President is in a box. He has lost major support from independents, the kind of voters he needs to win re-election next year. These are the very people most likely to be turned off by partisan bluster and demands for more tax increases.
Obama either pleases his base or he reaches for the middle. I don’t see how he can do both at this moment.
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