Republicans carried the blame for the last shutdowns, andwould be asking for real trouble,
More Quotes from Leon Panetta:I don't think there is any question but that the indictment of Tom Delay gives another boost to the Democrats in terms of their argument that the GOP leadership doesn't pay attention to ethics requirements.
The public does not translate the deficit into something that really bites them. We are going to have to get public support for action on the deficit.
If the Democrats feel this issue is taking more and more away from their focus on the other issues in Washington -- the loss of the surplus, what's happening with the economy -- then there's going to be increasing pressure on him to resign or step down.
You've got to sit down with all of the special-interest groups on your side before you announce that decision and walk them through it. You need to determine if they're going to support it.
Over the last 10 or 15 years, there's almost been a deliberate strategy to push all the tough decisions to the very end of a Congress, with the hope that you can ram them through as members try to get away for the holidays.
He obviously has to go through Congress to get things done. But he can't be seen as tied to its failings. He has to use the bully pulpit effectively and confront Congress effectively.
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