I have reservations about citing Gallup, but even if their numbers are off by a few points, this is still really bad for Republicans and great for President Obama.
27 percent of Americans approve of the way Republican leaders in congress are handling fiscal cliff negotiations, while 63 percent disapprove. The president, meanwhile, is in positive territory.
In my opinion, if these numbers hold up it will serve as proof that the election was a mandate and that the president will earn high marks for sticking to his position even if the country ends up suffering after base-jumping off the so-called fiscal cliff.
As we've pointed out many times now, what the Republicans are proposing is actually worse than sequestration, so it would be foolish to entertain it.