Which party has the most at risk in the upcoming negotiations over the debt ceiling?
DEMOCRATS (101 votes)
Both equally: 14%
“Republicans always overplay their hand on fiscal issues, and it always comes back to bite them.”
“The GOP is playing with fire by threatening a shutdown.”
“The divisions with the GOP House caucus will lead the party to disaster over the budget showdown. Anybody remember Plan B?”
“The money is spent. We have to pay the bills.”
“The GOP either does the right thing and gets no notice, or opposes it and amplifies their fiscal incompetence.”
“Every moment of tea-party exposure is good for Dems.”
“They own the government-default issue. No matter what happens, they can’t get that stink off their pelt.”
“It is hard for anyone to be more out of touch than House Republicans, who will once again overplay their hand.”
“If some Republicans succeed in closing down the government or further degrading our credit rating, the American will elect a Democratic House in 2014.”
“Both sides are setting themselves up for failure. It’s going to come down to ‘compromise or blow the economy up.’ “
“In this Do-Nothing Congress, everyone looks bad here.”
Which party has the most at risk in the upcoming negotiations over the debt ceiling?
REPUBLICANS (103 votes)
Both equally: 30%
“When the topic is spending, Dems lose.”
“Democrats whiffed on their sequester scare tactics. Voters are savvy to their tired arguments and ready for leadership.”
“Obama’s bully pulpit is tough to compete with.”
“There is very little upside for the GOP: Supporting the increase reflects poorly on the party with the base; blocking the increase worries the markets, which reflects poorly with everyone else.”
“We’re betting most of our chips. The Dems have little to lose.”
“If our most adamant types do not come to their senses, it will be nothing short of a self-imposed disaster. What is most offensive is their pretense that their stupidity equates to being the only ones with convictions.”
“Republicans have a poor record on this issue, and Jack Lew has our number.”
“The debt ceiling will be demagogued by Obama and by the far-right fringe, making it almost impossible for the Republican brand to emerge unscathed.”
“If Ted Cruz gets his way, GOP can say good-bye to 2014!”
“When has the GOP ever ‘won’ politically on a budget, [continuing resolution], or debt-ceiling vote?”
“It helps Republicans if we achieve real cuts; it hurts if we push the country to the brink of default.”
“Is it possible for Congress’s approval rating to drop below zero? We may soon find out.”
“Nothing says more about the continued ineffectiveness of all of D.C. than yet another fight on the debt limit.”
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