February 21, 2012


Republicans Have a Tax Problem

A new YouGov poll finds a big difference between the way Democrats and Republicans think about tax fairness -- but also shows that independent voters side with Democrats.

Jonathan Bernstein: "The dilemma for Republican politicians here is clear: their primary voters are pushing them into a position on taxes which embraces a version of fairness that few outside the GOP base share. So something such as Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan can be wildly popular among Republican voters, but electoral poison in November. Repeat across enough issues, and you wind up with a Mitt Romney, backing his way into a presidential nomination of party that doesn't really like him very much while at the same time taking positions that could hurt him in November. For Republicans, there doesn't appear to be any easy solution."










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