Obama Creates Bipartisanship On “Jobs” Bill
Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/09/16
You read that right, folks. The Obama Administration’s “Jobs” bill has created bipartisanship. So Barack Obama has managed to get bipartisan cooperation after all. But it’s not to Obama’s liking. Obama and his handlers created a bill so poisonous that he knew no Republican would vote for it; every Republican would vote against it. That was his plan and his intention from the start. Obama knows his poll numbers are falling deeper and deeper into the sludge pit and he has to do something, anything, to get the voters’ support to return to him. And what better way than to produce a piece of bile so antithetical to the Republican agenda for the country that all Republicans could then be charged with “putting the party ahead of the country?”
But the whole thing has backfired in a major way for Barack Obama and his radical Leftist cohorts. As I reported Wednesday, Senator Jim Webb (D – VA) whose seat is up in 2012 but is not running for reelection, Senator Tom Carper (D – DE) whose seat is perfectly safe, Senator Mary Landrieu (D – LA) whose seat is not up for reelection this time around are all on record opposing Democrat President Barack Obama’s “jobs” bill. Today, you can add more Democrat Senators who are opposed to the Democrat President’s “jobs” bill plan. Add to that list Senators Mark Begich (D – AK) whose seat is not up, Barbara Mikulski (D – MD) whose seat is one of the safest, Bob Casey (D – PA) who faces stern opposition in his reelection bid.
The Obama Administration, who likes to talk a good game about cooperation and compromise, made it very clear his “jobs” bill is all-or-nothing. Senator Casey’s response?
“I’m afraid if we tried to pass one big bill, I think there’s a lot of skepticism about big pieces of legislation with all kinds of different component parts. We should break this up”, said Casey. He later stated, “Why not have a series of votes on job creation strategies – five votes, 10 votes, I don’t care if it’s 25 votes.”
Obviously if Obama’s poison pill of a “jobs” bill gets broken up, there is no chance that many of the most poisonous parts survive the break-up. And the break-up has Democrat support. As Ed Morrissey said:
“The vast majority”? [quoting David Plouffe] It only takes four of them to keep it from passing on a floor vote, as Democrats only have a 53-47 advantage in the Senate. In the news report itself, there are already enough Democrats objecting to derail it entirely. Mark Begich, Jim Webb, Mary Landrieu, and Barbara Mikulski are all named in this report as opposing the bill. None of them face voters in 2012, having to explain backing tax hikes, massive new spending, and a rerun of the 2009 Porkulus flop. If Mikulski objects to the bill, will Ben Nelson in Nebraska back it? Claire McCaskill in Missouri? Mark Pryor, who has to stand for re-election in Arkansas in 2014? None of the endangered Democrats in the next two cycles will dare vote for $450 billion in new spending to do the exact same thing that didn’t work in 2009.
And quite frankly, this is the very reason Harry Reid won’t bring the bill up for a vote in the Senate. So far, there are 1 in 6 Democrat Senators opposed to it. The whole thing is an unmitigated disaster for Democrats who were looking for a campaign issue. Obama was hoping Democrats would follow him in putting Party over Country, but quite a few Democrats are balking. Whether it’s Country or plain ol’ Survivability, the Democrats are starting to line up in opposition to Obama and in alignment with Republicans.
Thank you, Narcissist in Chief Obama.
HT RS McCain for the video.
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