Friday, December 17, 2010

Thrown Under The (Omni)Bus

Last night was truly a big moment for the 112th Congress, even if we are still in the death throes of the 111th. It also left the White House exposed thanks to Harry Reid's cynical attempt to corner Republicans to vote for it (mostly the appropriators) and thereby stripping Republicans of the 'fiscally responsible' mantle in the next congress. Well it failed on an epic level, hurting the White House who said they approved of passage of this pork strapped disaster. In the end Harry Reid, Democrats and President Obama are the big losers in this risky gambit.

Jen Rubin over at the Washington Post put it this way:

"Think about it for a moment. Reid, for no good reason, forced the president out on a limb (recall that President Obama endorsed this mess of a bill) and helped the Republicans to cement their image as the more fiscally disciplined of the two parties."

So the title of this post is quite accurate, in a single move the Majority Leader may have thrown his whole party under the bus. At the same moment he did this, he illustrated the importance of the tea party activists since they were instrumental in defeating this bill. Looks like we may have a Merry Christmas after all.

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