Americans With Obama On Tax Hikes, Strategists Say

Public opinion is squarely with President Obama on imposing tax increases for the wealthy, as Republicans  flail about on the issue, according to a new memo by two prominent Washington Democrats. Most Republicans continue to resist allowing tax rates to rise on the richest taxpayers as part of a deal to avert the so-called coming “fiscal cliff,” even though Americans strongly back such a tax hike, according to polling presented as part of the memo released by famed Democratic strategist James Carville and pollster Stan Greenberg through their Democracy Corps organization. Almost two-thirds of voters want tax increases as part of any big bipartisan deal, and 40 percent believe that at least half of any deficit reduction should come from … Continue reading

Obama Needs Good Convention, Strategists Say

As Democrats gather in Charlotte, N.C., to formally renominate President Obama for another term, it’s critical that convention go well to propel the president toward re-election in the fall, according to a pair of top Democratic strategists. “This is a close presidential race where President Obama and the Democrats still need a good convention to get momentum and define the choice in the election to lock in their 3- or 4- point lead.  In our view, that is very likely,” says an email from famed strategist James Carville and prominent pollster Stan Greenberg. A successful convention in Charlotte can refocus voters, they say, from the current dreary economy towards the president’s hopeful plans for the future. “In the survey we conducted just before … Continue reading

VIDEO: ‘The Phony ‘Courage’ Of Paul Ryan’

In this video, famed Democratic strategist James Carville pushes back against the notion that Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s federal budget plan is brave. “There is nothing more courageous than taking away from people trying to make it and giving to people who already have it made,” he says sarcastically. “Please have the courage not to be courageous.” WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:

TV Alert: Two Part Clinton Documentary Premieres on PBS Tonight

A two part documentary on President Bill Clinton airs tonight and tomorrow night on PBS’s American Experience at 9:00 et. After finally finishing watching the screener this afternoon, I can only say, this is some must watch TV. PBS notes the documentary is a “biography of a president who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.” During production of the series, the production crew interviewed 61 people and 50 of them appear in the series including: Kofi Annan, Jonathan Alter, Sidney Blumenthal, James Carville, Wes Clark, Tom Daschle, David Gergen, Harold Ickes, Joe Klein, … Continue reading

Capitol Idea: Clinton, Obama, and the Wall Street Fat Cats

Barack Obama would be so much better off if he weren’t so mean to Wall Street. Amazingly, that’s not an attack from one of the Democratic president’s GOP opponents. No, it comes from another Democrat, Bill Clinton, in the form of the former president’s new book, Back To Work. Clinton’s criticism of his fellow Oval Office Democrat is oblique rather than harsh: “Many of them [on Wall Street] supported me when I raised their taxes in 1993, because I didn’t attack them for their success,” but the dig is there nevertheless. The problem is that the 42nd president’s defense of the Wall Street fat cats ignores too much. First, it ignores the role that the financial sector played in the … Continue reading