Just Say No, No, No, No, No
There was a stunning result from a Gallup poll on Monday. When those polled were asked what they specifically liked and disliked about the two political parties, 21 percent said the Republican Party was "too inflexible" and "unwilling to compromise."
That's not the stunning result, by the way.
What is stunning is that Republicans themselves had even higher numbers in complaint. A full 26 percent of people who identified themselves with the GOP said their own party was too uncompromising.
Finally, something Democrats and Republicans can agree on. Though Republicans seem a bit more agreeable on this point. What's hard to balance with this result however is the great pride Republicans in Congress have about not comprising, something Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in particular has been adamant about. It's almost like they want to have it both ways -- not compromise, but then throw up their arms in dismay that we're not compromising. Hopefully though the members really do mean it, and they'll be able to convince their leaders to start legislating in good faith, stop filibustering, quit blocking White House appointments and end the Sequester so that the government can actually work.
Word is that Republican leaders are unwilling to meet the demands of their members...
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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