I wanted to build upon my post yesterday, that Democrats are forcing Republicans to choose between Rush Limbaugh or bipartinsanship. In this fashion, today on "Face the Nation," Rahm Emanuel stated that Limbaugh is “the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party.”
The Republicans have developed their counter-response to this situation. First, against Limbaugh, they must admit that they don't want to see Obama fail (a la Eric Cantor today), and where Republicans and Obama are in agreement, they are happy to work together (a la Jindal last week). But, where there is principled disagreement, Republicans must take a firm stand, seen in the party line no-votes on the stimulus package. Like the Democrats, we have heard this message-scheme play out in the media; no secrets here.
One problem for the Republicans, however. According to a new poll, Americans want Obama to stick to his campaign promises (56%) over pursuing bipartisanship (39%). Yet, the public overwhelmingly wants Republicans to work in a bipartisan fashion (79%) instead of sticking to their policies (17%).