POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 8/1
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said many Democrats in her chamber might decide not to support the deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling when they meet on Monday,Reuters reports.
President Obama announced he has struck a deal with congressional leaders to raise the debt ceiling ahead of the August 2 deadline to avoid defaulting to the nation’s creditors.
It will be interesting to see how House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi round up the votes for final passage.
The Note: “There are 240 Republicans in the House. Speaker Boehner doesn’t want to lose more than half of them. The back-of-the-envelope calculation from one House Republican is that 80 to 100 of them could vote ‘no.’ The question is whether Leader Pelosi can bring 80-90 Democrats on board. That’s a fairly tall order. Bottom line: When it comes time to vote in the House, we may have one more nail-biter before this is all over. “
“A sugar-coated Satan sandwich.”
The Houston Chronicle highlights one of the biggest challenges for Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) if he decides to jump into the presidential race: “Rick Perry was with the tea party before the tea party wielded any clout… But his early embrace of the movement may not be enough to vault him to the top of the tea party heap.” Perry will have to fight for tea party votes with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), founder and chair of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus, as well as Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Herman Cain and possibly Sarah Palin.
Although Perry’s poll numbers have been rising, “the most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll still places Perry fifth among tea party Republicans nationwide with 12 percent support, about half the level of Bachmann, who was the favorite of 23 percent.”
A new SurveyUSA poll in Kentucky finds Gov. Steve Beshear (D) way ahead of challenger David Williams (R) in their race for governor, 52% to 28%.
“I don’t think we’ve been hurt at all.”
— Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), in an interview on Face the Nation, on the damage done to the Republican party by the debt ceiling negotiations.
Walter Shapiro notes that “after each recent election cycle, there seem to be fewer free thinkers on Capitol Hill — or thinkers of any kind. It is impossible to come up with a contemporary equivalent of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the Harvard professor who morphed into a four-term New York senator. Why bother to develop intellectual heft when you just need to memorize enough partisan attack lines to carry you through a three-minute interview on cable news? Small wonder that there has not been a single surprising sentence, let alone a full-blown original argument, offered by either side during the debt-ceiling fight.”
“When it comes to policy, both Democrats and Republicans remain as stubbornly dug in as opposing armies in the trenches of World War I. Any glimmer of a compromise will never make it across the No Man’s Land of politics.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation to move California’s presidential primary next year back to June, to consolidate it with the statewide primary, the Sacramento Beereports.