Daily Fix Poll: How will Boehner's economic speech play out among voters?
By Felicia Sonmez
In a speech at the City Club of Cleveland earlier this morning, House Minority Leader John Boehner reiterated the Republican Party's call for an extension of the Bush tax cuts, criticized the administration's stimulus spending and called for the ouster of President Obama's entire economic team.
"President Obama should ask for -- and accept -- the resignations of the remaining members of his economic team, starting with Secretary Geithner and Larry Summers, the head of the National Economic Council," Boehner told a gathering of business leaders.
White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer offered a pre-buttal to the speech, writing on the White House blog that while Boehner's rhetoric "may be new, the ideas remain the same: out-of-control deficits, decreased oversight of the big Wall Street banks that helped create the financial crisis and putting special interests first by maintaining tax loopholes for corporations that ship American jobs overseas."
On the one hand, Boehner's argument that the White House economic team is directly to blame for the country's continuing unemployment may resonate with voters this fall. (As we've written before, it's clear that voters are angry -- and success at the ballot box may ultimately hinge on whether one party can more effectively channel that anger than the other.)
On the other hand, the fact that Boehner's demand comes on the last big primary day of the summer -- and with two months (or so) remaining before Election Day -- opens him up to charges of political posturing and could make his message backfire among voters.
How do you think Boehner's speech will play out in the fall campaign? Vote, and give us your thoughts, below.
| August 24, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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