President Obama “has pivoted back to playing hardball with Republicans after a spring spent attempting to woo Senate Republicans over collegial dinners and White House visits,” Roll Call reports.
With GOP lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol bringing him heat over a variety of administration missteps and scandals, the president seems to have made a calculated decision to go on offense on judges, on student loans and with fresh veto threats on appropriations bills.
Meanwhile, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds recent controversies surrounding the IRS and other government agencies “have sown doubts about the honesty of the Obama administration, but most people don’t hold the president personally responsible for the agency actions.”
“A majority of poll respondents, some 55%, said IRS scrutiny of conservative groups raised some level of doubt about the administration’s ‘overall honesty and integrity’… Moreover, a plurality of 43% in the poll said IRS scrutiny of conservative groups was part of a widespread effort by those in government, compared with 29% who saw it as a case of a few officials acting on their own.”
A new Bloomberg poll finds 47% of Americans say they don’t believe Obama on the IRS controversy, compared with 40% who say he is being truthful.