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Congressional Insiders Poll

March 17, 2011

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.”


“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.”


“Too little in right-to-work states. About the right amount in most others.”


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

Republicans (34 votes)

Too much: 91%
Too little:
Right amount:

Too much

“On free trade, way too much in a union-intimidated Congress: They are impressive at shooting down new customers and sales for U.S. businesses and farmers.”

“At least with respect to public-employee unions.”

“They are so Democratic that they will never have GOP support. Why bother? They couldn’t even get ‘card check’ with overwhelming Democratic majorities: politically inept.”

“Major loss of focus by labor unions; union leaders are not listening to their members on the front lines of our economy.”

“Too many unions are arguing for positions and policies which hurt America’s ability to compete in the global economy.”

“Our broken education system is Exhibit A.”

“Particularly in government: Public-sector unions are malefactors to their fellow citizens in states facing budget crises.”

“For many unions, the focus has shifted too much on centralizing power and increasing political influence for the benefit of the few
on top, rather than the workers paying the dues.”


Democratic Congressional Insiders Sens. Sherrod Brown, Ben Cardin, Thomas Carper, Frank Lautenberg, Barbara Mikulski, Mark Pryor, Jon Tester, Tom Udall, Mark Warner; Reps. Jason Altmire, Robert Andrews, Tammy Baldwin, Karen Bass, Xavier Becerra, Howard Berman, Lois Capps, Michael Capuano, Dennis Cardoza, James Clyburn, Gerry Connolly , Jim Cooper, Joseph Crowley, Elijah Cummings, Diana DeGette, Rosa DeLauro, Eliot Engel, Anna Eshoo, Sam Farr, Chaka Fattah, Bob Filner, Alcee Hastings, Rush Holt, Mike Honda, Steve Israel, Marcy Kaptur, Jim Langevin, John Lewis, Zoe Lofgren, Nita Lowey, Carolyn Maloney, Ed Markey, Jim McDermott, Jim McGovern, Jim Moran, Gary Peters, Collin Peterson, David Price, Silvestre Reyes, Linda Sanchez, Jan Schakowsky, Allyson Schwartz, Jose Serrano, Adam Smith, Pete Stark, Bennie Thompson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Henry Waxman, Peter Welch, and Frederica Wilson.

GOP Congressional Insiders Sens. Lamar Alexander, John Cornyn, Jim DeMint, John Ensign, Lindsey Graham, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Johnny Isakson, Richard Lugar, Jeff Sessions, Olympia Snowe, John Thune, David Vitter; Reps. Michele Bachmann, Brian Bilbray, Marsha Blackburn, John Boehner, Charles Boustany, Kevin Brady, John Campbell, Eric Cantor, John Carter, Tom Cole, Mike Conaway, Jeff Denham, Charlie Dent, David Dreier, Sean Duffy, Jo Ann Emerson, Jeff Flake, Scott Garrett, Bob Goodlatte, Trey Gowdy, Kay Granger, Doc Hastings, Nan Hayworth, Darrell Issa, Mike Kelly, Peter King, Jack Kingston, Adam Kinzinger, John Kline, Dan Lungren, Kenny Marchant, Kevin McCarthy, Patrick McHenry, John Mica, Candice Miller, Sue Myrick, Devin Nunes, Mike Pence, Tom Price, Dave Reichert, Mike Rogers of Michigan, Phil Roe, Paul Ryan, Aaron Schock, Pete Sessions, Adrian Smith, Steve Stivers, Lee Terry, Pat Tiberi, Fred Upton, Daniel Webster, and Joe Wilson.

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