Friday, August 26, 2011

Uh Oh, Ohio

Just when you thought it was only Democrats who have lost popularity in the past 8 months, a new poll from Ohio shows that House Speaker John Boehner's approval rating in his home state has dropped to 34% with 47% disapproving of his job performance.

From the article:

The most recent deal Boehner cut with President Barack Obama also was unpopular in the poll. Forty-five percent of Ohioans said they thought the debt-ceiling deal was a bad thing for the economy, while just 27 percent considered it good. Eighty-two percent indicated that they don’t think the deal will solve the nation’s massive deficit problem. 

But the bigger trouble for Boehner might be for his claim to the speaker’s gavel itself: Less than a year after Republicans snatched five seats from Democratic House members to help flip the majority, PPP found 42 percent of those polled would vote for a Democrat, while 37 percent would vote for a Republican.
Boehner was supposed to be the new power broker in Washington, but his inability to control the Tea Party caucus and the last minute hissy fit that caused him to snub the president's phone calls during debt negotiations did nothing to mark him as a master politician. Ohio has done better (Robert Taft in the 1940s and 50s) and worse (Warren Harding anyone?) over the years.

The next few months will be crucial for Boehner as the Congressional Super committee will be making its budgetary recommendation in November, and it will probably identify revenue increases as part of its report. Does Boehner have the gumption to stick to the no tax pledge? Stay tuned.

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