Hours and hours before President Barack Obama even had the chance to deliver his message to Congress tonight, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called Obama’s economic plans “irresponsible” in a release of excerpts from his “response” to the president’s message.
Meanwhile, in a NYT-CBS Poll released today, Obama is still showing broad support from Americans of all stripes. It’s like everyone in the country has put the election behind them while we work on a huge economic crisis except for the Republican National Committee and its toadies like Jindal.
Jindal = politics as usual while Obama tries to reach across the aisle and get everyone involved in solving problems. Here are some interesting numbers from today’s NYT-CBS Poll:
- 74% believe Obama is trying to work with Republicans in Congress; Only 31% believe Republicans in Congress are trying to work with Obama.
- 65% believe Obama has the same priorities for the country as they do; 83% think that Obama cares a lot or some about the problems of people like them.
- 77% believe Obama is bringing change to the way things are done in Washington
- 63% believe Republicans in Congress opposed the stimulus bill for political reasons rather than because the legislation would be bad for the economy.
- 79% believe working with Obama and Democrats in Congress should be the priority for Republicans over “sticking to Republican policies.”
Who do Republicans think wins the war with hope and constructive action on side and cynical politicking on the other?