Democratic strategists are launching another assault on the Republicans for opposing President Obama's agenda as the president's 100-day mark approaches on Wednesday.
Billing the GOP as "the Party of No," the Democratic National Committee announced a new website today detailing what a DNC spokesman calls "the just-say-no approach of the Republican Party over the last 100 days" and comparing it to "the president's efforts to jump-start the economy, create jobs, and make important reforms to and investments in energy, healthcare, and education."
The Democrats' "100 days of no" website features statements and video of GOP leaders, including Sen. Mitch McConnell and Reps. John Boehner and Eric Cantor, opposing Obama policies. "The Republican Party remains the party of the past," says Hari Sevugan, press secretary for the Democratic National Committee.
It's all part of a concerted effort by the Democrats and the White House to shape the avalanche of 100-day stories that the media are preparing. That campaign will include a town hall meeting by Obama in suburban St. Louis and a prime-time presidential news conference, both on Wednesday.
A new USA Today/Gallup Poll finds Americans are giving Obama credit for trying to be bipartisan but are less likely to believe that the Democrats and Republicans in Congress are making the same "sincere efforts."
Two thirds of Americans say the president has made a sincere effort to work with the Republicans in Congress on the major issues facing the country, the poll finds, but Americans are less likely to say the Republicans (38 percent) or the Democrats (44 percent) in Congress are acting in a bipartisan manner. These results are based on telephone interviews with 1,051 national adults, age 18 and older, conducted April 20-21, 2009, and have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.