Is the Debt Debate Damaging the Republican Party Brand?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) hold a news conference after a meeting at the Republican National Committee offices July 26, 2011. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Speaker of the House John Boehner. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/Getty)

The recent debt ceiling debate between Democrats and Republicans has invited dissident voices within the GOP, fracturing the party's image of solidarity. House Republican leaders delayed a vote on their plan to raise the debt ceiling Monday night after opposition from dissenting conservatives in the party. Last night House Speaker John Boehner was reportedly able to convince a growing number of House members to get behind the plan — but only reluctantly.

The Takeaway's Washingtoncorrespondent, Todd Zwillich, and Republican strategist Ron Christie, CEO of Christie Strategies and author of "Acting White: The Curious History of a Racial Slur" talk about whether this in-party fighting will damage the GOP's brand and political clout.

Guests:

Ron Christie and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [4]

Decola Bishop

I don't think the republican party will be damaged by in house debating about this extraordinary issue, but what will damage the republican party is trying to appease the extreme right (tea party) with this hard line no backing down attitude. It feels like political terrorism! If they can't compromise on such a crucial issue, boot all of them out of office and start over again. This is "idiocracy" not democracy.

Jul. 28 2011 09:19 AM
listener

When a serious, long term and popular economic plan like "cut, cap and balance" was denied even a debate in the US Senate and was narrowly defeated with the President promising to veto it, why was that not sending "the US economy over a cliff"?
The President's budget was defeated 97-0 in the same Democrat controlled US Senate that has not passed a budget in over 800 days after they led the largest spending increase in world history.

The Democrat Party has been completely discredited on economic policy yet the convoluted narrative here blames the seven month Republican majority in Congress that actually passed budgets and provided comprehensive outlines for the economy they "inherited".

Jul. 28 2011 09:09 AM
D.L.Mc from Staten Island

Damaging the Republican Party brand- ha ha. Fox would have titled this Damaging the Democrats brand and then called themselves fair and balanced. At least your program doesn't make false claims to neutrality- oh wait, do you get government funds? Because then you are supposed to be unbiased- right.

Jul. 28 2011 09:06 AM
Ed from Larchmont

The deal fell apart last Saturday night, the day before same sex marriage became legal in NY. As long as we take these steps toward immorality - a court just ruled embryonic stem cell research consistent with other laws - we have to expect disasters, and soon.

Jul. 28 2011 08:31 AM

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