A new CNN/ORC poll has found that the American people see right through John Boehner’s scheme to humiliate President Obama by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress and they aren’t happy about it as 63% inviting Netanyahu without telling Obama was a bad idea.
A large majority of Americans believe that Republican congressional leaders should not have invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting the White House, according to a new CNN/ORC survey.
The nationwide poll, released Tuesday, shows 63% of Americans say it was a bad move for congressional leadership to extend the invitation without giving President Barack Obama a heads up that it was coming. Only 33% say it was the right thing to do.
Though the speech has become a partisan issue on Capitol Hill, even Republicans are split on whether it was a good idea for leadership to invite Netanyahu without alerting the White House, with a slight majority — 52% — backing the move. Just 14% of Democrats say it was the right thing to do, and just over a third of independents support the move.
Instead of humiliating the president and dividing Democrats, Speaker Boehner and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s scheme has divided Republicans and drawn the ire of a solid majority of the nation. The idea of turning a visit by a foreign head of state into a partisan political issue hasn’t been sitting well with millions of Americans.
The same CNN poll also found that 66% want the United States to stay out of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. John Boehner not only overplayed his hand by trying to humiliate President Obama, but he picked a leader whose conflict back home is one that the American people want nothing to do with.
John Boehner has been a fountain of bad ideas and even worse leadership since he became Speaker of the House, but by teaming up with Netanyahu on a plan that is the worst idea since someone called the Titanic unsinkable the Ohio Republican managed take his pettiness and ineptitude international.
As this poll indicates the majority of Americans are ready for the Republican caused embarrassments to stop.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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