The post-debt ceiling polling is brutal for Congress, Republicans and the Tea Party:
Republicans in Congress shoulder more of the blame for the difficulties in reaching a debt-ceiling agreement than President Obama and the Democrats, the poll found.
The Republicans compromised too little, a majority of those polled said. All told, 72 percent disapproved of the way Republicans in Congress handled the negotiations, while 66 percent disapproved of the way Democrats in Congress handled negotiations.
The Tea Party is viewed favorably by a mere 20% of the population, with 43% saying that the Tea Party has too much influence on the Republican party. Obama’s handling of the hostage negotiation is about evenly split (47% approved, 46% disapproved).
With a stable of candidates kissing Tea Party ass, the Republicans are positioning themselves to lose a Presidential election that would otherwise be winnable considering the wretched state of the economy. The more Obama can hang the Tea Party and Congressional obstruction around Republicans’ necks, the more likely he is to win, with the added bonus of some coattails in the House and Senate.