At Georgetown on Friday, Gene Sperling, who was director of the National Economic Council for Clinton and now for Obama, said the shutdown eventually led to cooperation because GOP leaders did not want to be seen as the problem.Howie P.S.: I guess nowadays when you want dismiss what most people think or believe (as reflected in polling) you can call it "public opinion." Or you can also set out to change it, with lies and money.
“The public responded by essentially punishing the party they thought was most recalcitrant,” Sperling said. “What was at least nice about the time then was that people seemed to actually care about public opinion.”
Some members of Congress now consider themselves “immune” to public opinion, he continued, adding the best way to move forward is for leaders of both parties and both chambers to reach an agreement.
“It doesn’t always work, as you saw over the summer” with the debt ceiling debate, Sperling said. “But it’s the only chance you have.” MORE...
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
"Some members of Congress now consider themselves 'immune' to public opinion"
Clinton emphasizes the importance of Democrats and Republicans sharing the future. | AP Photo Josh Boak (Politico):