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Are Republicans Losing the Budget Battle?

By on 3.15.11 | 10:42AM

Later today, the House is set to vote on yet another short-term spending measure intended to avert a government shutdown by extending funding for another three weeks. While a number of House conservatives are expected to vote against it, it's unclear whether those defections will be enough to kill the bill.

Over at RedState, Erick Erickson slams Republicans for acting like losers, and he notes an ABC poll showing:

Perceived non-cooperation on the budget deficit is one problem for the Republicans in Congress. Seventy-one percent say the GOP is not willing enough to compromise with Obama on the deficit; that even includes 42 percent of Republicans. Fifty-two percent overall also say Obama isn’t willing enough to compromise — still a majority, but a substantially smaller one. (Indeed, 30 percent call Obama “too willing” to make peace; half as many say that about the GOP.)

It follows that on another measure, the public by a 14-point margin says it’s more apt to hold the Republicans than Obama responsible if the budget impasse forces a partial government shutdown. (Then again, three in 10 also say a partial shutdown would be a good thing.)

Last December, Republicans convinced President Obama that they were "hostage takers" and he caved on extending the Bush era tax rates at all levels. Yet from the get go of the budget fight, Republicans have been made it clear that they're unwilling to shut down the government, fearing that they'd lose the ensuing battle over public opinion as most people not named Newt Gingrich believe the GOP did in 1995/96. So that means that Congressional Democrats and the White House have very little reason to compromise, and if polling continues to look like this, they'll have even less reason to do so.

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