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Steve Hayward's thoughts on the budget deal and the overall political implications of that deal are now posted over at NRO's The Corner.  Though not at all discounting legitimate disappointment in some conservative quarters, he rightly argues that conservatives will make a huge mistake if they over-react and lose sight of the big picture. 

In my own view, I think that in forcing Obama's move, the leadership of Boehner and Ryan has made itself evident.  For an ordinary citizen--not an already engaged conservative or a Tea Partier--the contrast between the sides has never been more clear.  Indeed, in the wake of that pathetic speech from two days ago, his approval ratings have now tied his previous lows.  No more do conservatives have to sit around and assert the many ways in which Obama's leadership has failed the country . . . Obama now gets up to the podium and does the job for us.  We should continue to press him to do this.  

Far from being a "first strike" against Boehner and the Republican leadership, I think this was a first step.  First steps are always wobbly and sloppy . . . and there will be falls.  But now is not the time to write off the attempt as wasted effort.  As Hayward notes, bigger battles lie ahead--most notably the debt-ceiling fight and, in that fight, the Dems won't have Planned Parenthood to throw in the faces of Republicans.  "Let's hang together for the next round."  Indeed.  
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But the frightening thing is that his job approval rates remain in the 46-52 range, and have for some time.

41% now . . . keep him talking . . .

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