On balance, does a “yes” vote on President Obama’s Syria resolution help or hurt your party?
DEMOCRATS (99 VOTES)
No impact: 21%
“Obama’s presidency would be hurt with a ‘no’ vote, no matter which party is most responsible for that.”
“It will provide the president with the broad mantle of leadership to do what he wants — attack Syria — allowing Democrats to be both statesmen and tough on dictators. The GOP is left at best as the ‘me too’ crowd.”
“Regardless of the issue, if the president’s agenda is at stake, Democrats have to win. When U.S. prestige is on the line, we have to win.”
“Helping restore Obama’s credibility will modestly help the Democratic Party, but what a misplayed hand this has been since Day One. Embarrassing lack of leadership.”
“If Obama loses this, his presidency is in danger. This is huge.”
“It will strengthen Democrats on national security, a consistent weak spot.”
“It helps, assuming a strike is successful and does not escalate U.S. involvement beyond that. Those are pretty big assumptions, however.”
“Going to war with Syria — and that is how voters will perceive it — is not good for Democrats.”
“The law of unintended of consequences will kick in. An escalation of our involvement in Syria will hurt Democrats in ‘14 and ‘16.”
“Really? Another war? I don’t think these are the kind of jobs the American people are looking for.”
“It amazes me how the Republicans have gone from a party of ‘either you are with America or against America’ to the party of Chicken Little in less than 10 years.”
“The question is whether it hurts or helps the president, and that is to be determined!”
On balance, does a “yes” vote on President Obama’s Syria resolution help or hurt your party?
REPUBLICANS (102 VOTES)
No impact: 53%
“So the president had the authority to go to war alone and now he needs Congress? He looks indecisive and weaker than ever on foreign policy.”
“Anyone who votes ‘no,’ regardless of party, will be culpable in the terrible damage to U.S. global prestige that would surely follow if Congress fails to pass this resolution.”
“The president walked the country’s credibility out on a limb on a policy the people do not support, and now dares Congress to cut off the limb behind him. Great job of leadership, Mr. President.”
“Americans don’t understand why we should engage in a civil war. To vote ‘yes’ is to ‘trust the president’ that he knows best.”
“The Syria resolution will be one more fault line of division in the Republican ranks, and for no good reason.”
“Endorsing an effort that was flawed from the start, flawed now, and shows no signs of getting any better would be a mistake.”
“Most voters simply don’t care and don’t want to care.”
“Both parties will be split on this vote. Supporters will gain if the results of the strikes are successful and Assad goes down.”
“The public understands there are no truly good options. Supporting the president will not cost us.”
“If anything goes south, the blame will fall on Obama for his zigzag on military response.”
“If Congress thinks the Constitution is wrong about war powers, then it should propose an amendment ceding power to the executive. Otherwise, it should accept that the job means taking tough votes sometimes.”
“The president has done a horrible job of making his case, but most Republicans don’t want to completely destroy our international reputation, so it’s a wash.”
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