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National Journal: Is Mitch McConnell Right About the GOP Brand?

by Lisa Mathias

Today’s National Journal features a piece focusing on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s recent comments on the debt talks, comparing the situation to 1995, when Newt Gingrich was House Speaker. Public opinion of Republicans and Democrats will obviously shift depending on what happens, but reaching a standstill doesn’t bode well for either party, according to David Winston:

“Given how far out we are from the conclusion, it’s unclear how the public would assign blame, and if an agreement isn’t reached, it will be negative for the entirety of Washington,’’ he said. “Republicans fundamentally believe that raising taxes would cause the economy to contract when we want it to expand.’’

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