Political Insiders Poll

Poll: Should Obama Fire an Administration Official Over the Affordable Care Act Rollout?

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Peter Bell, Alex Roarty and Michael Catalini
Oct. 31, 2013, 5 p.m.

Should Pres­id­ent Obama fire an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial over the rol­lout of the Af­ford­able Care Act?

DEMO­CRATS (88 VOTES)

Yes: 50%
No: 50%

Yes

“God, yes! The faulty rol­lout has jeop­ard­ized a pro­gram that will be­ne­fit the health and well-be­ing of mil­lions of Amer­ic­ans.”

“Kath­leen Se­beli­us won’t take the fall, though. The last thing the pres­id­ent wants is a Health and Hu­man Ser­vices nom­in­a­tion battle that will give the GOP sen­at­ors an­oth­er bite at the apple.”

“It’s just got­ten too em­bar­rass­ing. Amaz­ing they let this hap­pen.”

“This is a dis­aster wait­ing to blow up in time for 2014. Gov­ern­ment shut­downs will be for­got­ten, and in­creased premi­ums and night­mares a daily real­ity check.”

“Many more than one, start­ing not with Se­beli­us but with Valer­ie Jar­rett.”

“Why has the pres­id­ent fired more people for pseud­onym­ous tweet­ing than for screw­ing up his sig­na­ture achieve­ment?”

“The buck stops you know where.”

No

“It would only fuel the Re­pub­lic­an fire.”

“It would not end the story, and they would then need to con­firm someone.”

“Un­less he fires him­self, the Re­pub­lic­ans will nev­er be sat­is­fied.”

“His­tor­ic­ally, this would have been viewed as lead­er­ship. Today, Re­pub­lic­ans will just say Obama is throw­ing someone un­der the bus.”

“No, but the con­sult­ants who didn’t meet dead­lines or re­quire­ments should be.”

“The web­site will be fixed. People formerly without in­sur­ance will get it. Let the story breathe.”

“Too late now. Be­sides, does any­one really know who was in charge of it to start with?”

“Not yet. Let’s get it work­ing first.”

“Give the Re­pub­lic­ans someone’s head and they will want a big­ger head.”

“Fire the con­tract­or.”

Should Pres­id­ent Obama fire an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial over the rol­lout of the Af­ford­able Care Act?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (83 VOTES)

Yes: 68%
No: 32%

Yes

“I long for the steely com­pet­ence of Jimmy Carter.”

“OB­VI­OUSLY, yes. It’s un­fathom­able that they haven’t. But fir­ing in­com­pet­ent of­fi­cials isn’t ex­actly this ad­min­is­tra­tion’s M.O.”

“Obama lied about the ACA in or­der to get it passed. Why not con­tin­ue the charade by blam­ing some­body else for its fail­ure?”

“If this were the private sec­tor, Kath­leen Se­beli­us would have been fired already. If Obama doesn’t fire someone, it will ce­ment an im­pres­sion that no one in his gov­ern­ment is ac­count­able to the people they serve.”

“How can that crew man­age cam­paigns so well and gov­ern­ment so poorly?”

“$1 bil­lion and three years. Sheer mis­man­age­ment.”

“Yes, but he won’t. This is the most de­tached pres­id­ent since Calv­in Coolidge, and that was back when the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment didn’t do much.”

“Take charge for once.”

“Yes, but the prob­lem may be that he is the of­fi­cial most re­spons­ible — for hav­ing re­fused to listen to warn­ings both from his own op­er­at­ing team and con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans.”

“The only prob­lem is, nobody else will take the job.”

No

“He is bet­ter off blam­ing the Re­pub­lic­ans.”

“Fir­ing un­der­lings for the fail­ure of your No. 1 ini­ti­at­ive might be the Wash­ing­ton way, but the buck stops at the top. And why fire any­one when that would sug­gest it isn’t work­ing, and Pres­id­ent Obama is loath to ever ad­mit ANY weak­ness.”

“Just a Wash­ing­ton game. Nobody cares.”

“Heck no, we need to keep that level of in­com­pet­ence at the helm in or­der for Amer­ic­ans to have the full un­der­stand­ing of just how hor­rif­ic this policy is.”

“The ef­fort was co­ordin­ated out of the White House. Let someone in that build­ing take re­spons­ib­il­ity.”

… … … … .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

Should Pres­id­ent Obama fire an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial over the rol­lout of the Af­ford­able Care Act?

DEMO­CRATS (88 VOTES)

Yes: 50%
No: 50%

Yes

“God, yes! The faulty rol­lout has jeop­ard­ized a pro­gram that will be­ne­fit the health and well-be­ing of mil­lions of Amer­ic­ans.”

“Kath­leen Se­beli­us won’t take the fall, though. The last thing the pres­id­ent wants is a Health and Hu­man Ser­vices nom­in­a­tion battle that will give the GOP sen­at­ors an­oth­er bite at the apple.”

“It’s just got­ten too em­bar­rass­ing. Amaz­ing they let this hap­pen.”

“This is a dis­aster wait­ing to blow up in time for 2014. Gov­ern­ment shut­downs will be for­got­ten, and in­creased premi­ums and night­mares a daily real­ity check.”

“Many more than one, start­ing not with Se­beli­us but with Valer­ie Jar­rett.”

“Why has the pres­id­ent fired more people for pseud­onym­ous tweet­ing than for screw­ing up his sig­na­ture achieve­ment?”

“The buck stops you know where.”

No

“It would only fuel the Re­pub­lic­an fire.”

“It would not end the story, and they would then need to con­firm someone.”

“Un­less he fires him­self, the Re­pub­lic­ans will nev­er be sat­is­fied.”

“His­tor­ic­ally, this would have been viewed as lead­er­ship. Today, Re­pub­lic­ans will just say Obama is throw­ing someone un­der the bus.”

“No, but the con­sult­ants who didn’t meet dead­lines or re­quire­ments should be.”

“The web­site will be fixed. People formerly without in­sur­ance will get it. Let the story breathe.”

“Too late now. Be­sides, does any­one really know who was in charge of it to start with?”

“Not yet. Let’s get it work­ing first.”

“Give the Re­pub­lic­ans someone’s head and they will want a big­ger head.”

“Fire the con­tract­or.”

Should Pres­id­ent Obama fire an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial over the rol­lout of the Af­ford­able Care Act?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (83 VOTES)

Yes: 68%
No: 32%

Yes

“I long for the steely com­pet­ence of Jimmy Carter.”

“OB­VI­OUSLY, yes. It’s un­fathom­able that they haven’t. But fir­ing in­com­pet­ent of­fi­cials isn’t ex­actly this ad­min­is­tra­tion’s M.O.”

“Obama lied about the ACA in or­der to get it passed. Why not con­tin­ue the charade by blam­ing some­body else for its fail­ure?”

“If this were the private sec­tor, Kath­leen Se­beli­us would have been fired already. If Obama doesn’t fire someone, it will ce­ment an im­pres­sion that no one in his gov­ern­ment is ac­count­able to the people they serve.”

“How can that crew man­age cam­paigns so well and gov­ern­ment so poorly?”

“$1 bil­lion and three years. Sheer mis­man­age­ment.”

“Yes, but he won’t. This is the most de­tached pres­id­ent since Calv­in Coolidge, and that was back when the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment didn’t do much.”

“Take charge for once.”

“Yes, but the prob­lem may be that he is the of­fi­cial most re­spons­ible — for hav­ing re­fused to listen to warn­ings both from his own op­er­at­ing team and con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans.”

“The only prob­lem is, nobody else will take the job.”

No

“He is bet­ter off blam­ing the Re­pub­lic­ans.”

“Fir­ing un­der­lings for the fail­ure of your No. 1 ini­ti­at­ive might be the Wash­ing­ton way, but the buck stops at the top. And why fire any­one when that would sug­gest it isn’t work­ing, and Pres­id­ent Obama is loath to ever ad­mit ANY weak­ness.”

“Just a Wash­ing­ton game. Nobody cares.”

“Heck no, we need to keep that level of in­com­pet­ence at the helm in or­der for Amer­ic­ans to have the full un­der­stand­ing of just how hor­rif­ic this policy is.”

“The ef­fort was co­ordin­ated out of the White House. Let someone in that build­ing take re­spons­ib­il­ity.”

… … … … .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

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