These people have no clout with Republicans

NY Times:

Trying to Turn Obama Voters Into Tax Allies

 White House officials are reaching out to voters who supported President Obama during the campaign and asking them to help him as he negotiates with Congress.
Republican voters think Obama's tax policy is misguided and will harm the economy.  These people are not going to change any minds and Republicans in Congress would be making a career shortening decision if they supported Obama tax increases.  Even inside the White House there is concern about the effect of tax increases.
 
White House Sees Stunted Growth if Tax Cuts Expire

Americans could spend nearly $200 billion less next year than they would otherwise if automatic tax increases take effect, the White House warned in a new report.
Obama would hit the investor class hardest.

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