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Congressional Insiders Poll

Congressional Insiders Poll

Grade President Obama’s handling of the Libyan crisis.

Democrats (29 votes)

Average grade: B-    


A: 17%
2/19/11*: 56%

B: 52%
2/19/11*: 44%

C: 21%
2/19/11*: 0%


D: 7%
2/19/11*: 0%

F: 3%      
2/19/11*: 0%

*The Egyptian crisis. Average grade: B+



“Obama is playing cleanup for a mess created by 40 years of U.S. presidents who perpetuated this mess by propping up Qaddafi for oil purposes.”

“I give him an ‘A’ because there is little he can do without getting us into a war.”


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“We’re already fighting wars in two other Muslim countries. Let’s not rush headlong into a third one.”

“He kept us out of another war, but we still have a crazy guy in power.”


“Too little, too late; and it may result in Qaddafi staying in power.”

“The president hasn’t hurt our position, but wish the White House had been more assertive from the start.”


“All talk; no walk.”


“Unfortunately, failure has become an option!”


Grade President Obama’s handling of the Libyan crisis.

Republicans (34 votes)

Average grade: D

A: 0%
2/19/11*: 9%

B: 9%
2/19/11*: 27%

C: 27%
2/19/11*: 42%

D: 35%
2/19/11*: 18%

F: 24%   
2/19/11*: 3% 

Incomplete (volunteered): 6%
2/19/11*: 0%

*The Egyptian crisis. Average grade: C


“To be fair, there is real disagreement on the best path forward. But if you’re looking for even the smallest hint of leadership from the White House, it ain’t there.”


“No runs, no hits, no errors.”

“Obama is rightfully listening to [Defense] Secretary Gates. Gates is the guy behind the scenes in all these Middle East uprisings—he is great.”

“By continuing to delay his response, President Obama has emboldened the Libyan regime and potentially sealed the fate of the democratic protesters.”


“Too timid.”

“He’s failed—as sadly, we’ve come to expect—to provide us with leadership or guidance as we confront the consequences of upheaval in both Libya and the greater Arab world, particularly the implications for oil supply and prices. Now would be a great time to advance the cause of domestic carbon-energy production. Yet there’s neither word nor action from the administration that would help to bring prices down and to begin to provide long-term relief.”

“The president’s entire team is just reacting at this point. There appears to be no coordination whatsoever.”


“What response?”

“Did he take geography in high school?”


“The Libyan crisis is the latest in a string of examples of Obama abdicating leadership in favor of political posturing for reelection.”


Do labor unions have too much, too little, or about the right amount of influence on American life and politics today?

Democrats (29 votes)

Too much: 0%
Too little:
Right amount:
Depends (volunteered):

Too little

“The real question is this: Does America want to protect its working families?”

“Corporations appear to own both the Congress and the executive branch, while trying to direct attention from this by decrying labor unions.”

“The decline of labor unions has coincided with the decline of the middle class.”

“There has been a steady erosion of union influence in America, as union ranks have dwindled. But all that is about to change, and Wisconsin is ground zero.”

Right amount

“Unions have just the right power: That is why they are under attack by Republicans.”

“The Wisconsin debacle illustrated how little Republicans value American workers. However, labor unions are gaining strength and will make a big impact in next year’s election.”

This article appears in the March 19, 2011 edition of National Journal Magazine.

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