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The GOP’s policy visionary has found himself at odds with the conservative wing of his own party, which is testing his ability to finish up—and more importantly, achieve enough support for—a major bipartisan budget agreement for the first time in his career.
Two new polls out today from pretty respected pollsters showing fairly different pictures of the public mind on the President and his signature legislation, Obamacare. Pew shows both back to pre-rollout levels, while Quinnipiac shows some continued drop and the President's unpopularity dragging down Congressional Democrats.
Just a few days ago a GOP flack was on my case about how John Cornyn had successfully avoided a Tea Party challenger, after I described how much he was still doing to play to the crazy to avoid just such a challenge. Now the Texas Monthly has published a November interview with Cornyn in which he complains that the Tea Party sets an "impossible standard" for Republicans to meet. And that's come just hours after Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), perhaps one of the whackiest members of Congress, announced that he is challenging Cornyn.
On Saturday we had our first annual TPM Holiday party at our New York City office (yes, War on Christmas, 'natch). As part of the festivities we had an amazingly talented photographer, Victor Jeffreys, taking portraits. After the jump, an assortment of them and a chance to see up close and in their best light who writes, edits, publishes, designs and codes everything you see here each day. as well as a bunch of our friends.