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March 8, 2013

Green shares insight into Washington infighting

The ongoing bickering among Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C., is nothing new, but according to Dr. Andrew Green, Political Science Professor at Central College, President Barack Obama is having a more difficult time than some of his predecessors.

According to Green, many of the Republicans sent to the House represent districts in which Obama did not receive 40 percent of the vote. In today’s political climate, if a Republican serving in the House does not continue to lean to the Right, he or she could face a primary challenger.

In the past, Presidents have been able to roll into some of the districts of their opposition in Congress, to sway public support his way. President Ronald Reagan was successfully able to change votes of Democratic representatives by doing this, but it will not work for Obama.

“The President isn’t afforded that in this scenario,” Green said. Though the Democrats were able to make gains in some of these districts in 2006 and 2008, they have returned to Republicans since 2010.

The Republicans in Congress could have more success in getting the President to bend to their will if they put more focus on truths coming from Washington about the $16.5 trillion debt, the fact that nearly 50 cents of every dollar Washington spends is borrowed and that the sequester – forced reductions in the growth rate of spending over the next 10 years – was the President’s idea.

“(Republicans are) using the same tired strategy they’ve tried for the past four years,” Green said. He added that the sky is not falling, and that the Republicans have been baited into a political game, while missing a message that could resonate with Americans. Meanwhile, the President does not have the leverage he thinks he does, according to Green.

Green believes the National Republican Party is lacking a voice, a true leader. He does not think that could be Speaker of the House John Boehner, who gave in on the President’s demand for $650 billion in new taxes.

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