Rasmussen, Bringer of Hope
Bill Kristol hears that Rasmussen Reports, the conservative pollster whose surveys have consistently shown the lowest levels of support for the stimulus, is releasing a poll (a “SHOCK POLL,” as Drudge will call it) showing a plurality of voters oppose the stimulus, by a margin of 43 percent to 37 percent.
The longer the plan sits out there, the more support sags. GOP leaders should start insisting the plan not be rushed through before the one week Presidents’ Day recess, that whatever comes out of the conference committee (assuming the bill does pass the Senate at the end of this week, which no longer seems a sure thing) has to be posted on the Internet for 48 hours, etc., to prevent a rush to passage.
Kristol is probably revealing too much of his hand. Everyone now knows that he advised Senate Republicans to kill health care reform by standing pat and opposing everything the Democrats proposed. Telling the Republicans to play that same game, and telling them to demand “transparency” in the bill out of bad faith and with the intent to delay, isn’t something he should do in public.