The Doubleheader: What’s Obama’s Real Goal for His Jobs Plan?

BY Quinn Bowman  September 23, 2011 at 6:25 PM EST

Mark Shields and David Brooks join this week’s Doubleheader guest host, NewsHour Political Editor David Chalian, to discuss the politics behind President Obama’s ongoing campaign to get his jobs plan passed. Chalian asks why, if the plan has little chance of passing, is the president traveling around the country to promote it?

While Brooks thinks Mr. Obama’s partisan rhetoric on the jobs plan is damaging and ill-advised, Shields praises the president for energizing the base of the Democratic Party.

The trio also discuss a new Pew poll out Friday showing that 56 percent of Americans think President Obama is the same or worse than President George W. Bush.