Yglesias

Department of Strategery

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The latest poll numbers show the same thing that poll numbers have shown since January of 2009. Barack Obama is more popular than congressional Democrats who are more popular than congressional Republicans:

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The vast majority of congressional Democrats have, whether deliberately or not, adopted the rationally self-interested strategy of siding with the popular Obama against the unpopular congressional GOP. But a substantial minority of congressional Democrats have consistently done the reverse—siding with the unpopular congressional GOP on the size of stimulus, on the public option, on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s authority over car dealers, on taxes, and on the merits of the energy status quo.