[QUOTE=Winstonbiggs;4061057]The facts point to a very fickle electorate who have kicked Republicans to the curb for Democrats in 06 and came back 4 years later and kicked Democrats to the curb.
Obama has called the Republican bluff on deficit reductions. The White house isnít oblivious to the public anxiety regarding the deficit. Obama has already stepped up to come to a compromise on the debt ceiling which includes a budget plan that both cuts entitlements and increases taxes in a manner that most of the public might view as sensible.
The Republicans have pledged themselves into a corner to the point they might actually let this opportunity for real tax reform and major cuts in entitlements go by the wayside for partisan politics. If the debt ceiling drags on and the markets wobble about 100 million Americans are going to get statements that reflect just what default means.
I could easily see SS and Medicare recipients absolute throttle the Republicans at the polls if they put up a candidate that has pledged themselves into a box that continues gridlock and threatens benefits.
There will be debates and the President has redefined the election unless the Republicans actually come to their senses on the debt ceiling. Having Presidential candidates make pledges that box them into a corner isnít going to play well with moderates and independents. It might not play well with people who see themselves as Tea Party conservatives on deficits.
Of course if the Republicans actually nominate a moderate who hasn't pledged themselves into a corner and the economy is in the tank Obama is going to have a tough time convincing the electorate that he deserves another 4 years.[/QUOTE]
Wow. With all that bluff calling and stepping up Obama must be one hell of a president.
Like I said, it's a great time to be a GOP candidate.
And one more thing, Obama isn't cutting any entitlements. He hasn't even earned the right to be believed in that department.