Campaign 2010

Dec 07, 2012

Memo: Republicans Losing On the Fiscal Cliff

TO:               Interested Parties

FROM:           Jesse Ferguson, DCCC Deputy Executive Director and Communications Director

DATE:            Friday, December 7

RE:                Republicans Losing On the Fiscal Cliff


Even though there are 24 days until Republicans force America over the ‘fiscal cliff’, threaten our economy, and raise taxes on middle-class families Republicans have already lost the debate. Our advice to them? You’re already in a deep hole, so stop digging.

The Tea Party Republican position is untenable, cost them an election, and they’re engaged in a debate that they’ve already lost. If they’re losing before the 113th Congress starts it doesn’t bode well for their next two years.

Polling shows that the American people want to end budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires so that we can reduce the deficit and balance the budget. The American people are rejecting the Republican strategy of holding the middle class tax relief hostage in a desperate attempt to give more unaffordable tax breaks to millionaires.

But don’t just take our word for it…

Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette:  "The sense was that there's a growing number of folks in our party that are saying, you know what, the  president has won this round relative to the rates…” [CNN, 12/6/12]

Washington Post: “In fact, poll after poll shows Democrats have the American public on their side when it comes to the major issues at hand in the fiscal cliff talks. And more and more, it’s looking like Republicans have very little leverage — at least, when it comes to public sentiment.” [Washington Post The Fix, 12/6/12]

It’s past time for Republicans to sign the discharge petition and bring a commonsense, compromise for a vote.

The latest polling shows that the Republican position is unsustainable.

AP-GfK poll shows 48 percent of Americans want to end tax cuts on income over $250,000 a year while only 32 percent want to continue them. [AP, 12/5/12]

Quinnipiac University poll showed that 85 percent of voters think Republicans are wrong to “sign a pledge to an anti-tax group to never raise taxes on corporations or the wealthy." Even 77 percent of Republicans oppose it. [TPM, 12/6/12

Washington Post/PEW Research poll showed 53 percent of people would blame Republicans if no deal is reached and the economy is forced over the fiscal cliff while only 27 percent would blame President Obama. [Washington Post, 12/4/12]


The DCCC is taking the fight to Republicans by challenging them to sign the discharge petition to force a vote on tax cuts for the middle class. By refusing to sign, these Republicans are holding the middle class hostage to demand more budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires.

YAHOO News: House Democrats continue to tag Republicans as ‘hostage takers’ [Yahoo News, 12/5/12]

The Hill: DCCC launches website calling House Republicans 'hostage takers' [The Hill, 12/5/12]

TPM: DCCC Launches Site Pressuring 40 ‘GOP Hostage Takers’ [TPM, 12/5/12]

The Hill: DCCC targets 40 Republicans on taxes [The Hill, 12/4/12]

Republicans are starting to fracture as a caucus as more and more admit that they are negotiating from a position of weakness. The response from Republicans to losing this debate has been clearly divided.

A few Republicans…

Senator Tom Coburn: “Personally, I know we have to raise revenue; I don't really care which way we do it.  Actually, I would rather see the rates go up than do it the other way, because it gives us greater chance to reform the tax code and broaden the base in the future.” [The Hill, 12/5/12]

Most Republicans…

Norquist still calling cadence in GOP ranks. “Yet Norquist […] remains an unwavering force in the GOP debate — and even some of the most prominent lawmakers publicly flirting with a break from Norquist have assured him in private that they remain loyal soldiers in the anti-tax cause.” [Washington Post, 12/2/12]


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