I don’t know, but it looks like I’m going to set the record for trying.
Brian Beutler reports today that Congressional Dems are giving up on a jobs bill this year. What’s more, they don’t seem to understand their own rules:
“Look at what we had to go through for the last eight weeks,” said Reid’s spokesman Jim Manley. “The fact is that we have a Republican party that’s betting on this President to fail. We’ll continue to look at additional efforts to provide help for the economy but the fact is in this heavily polarized Senate, it’s very difficult to get stuff done.”
You. Don’t. Need. Sixty. #$^&$ing. Votes. To. Pass. A. Reconciliation. Bill.
Even The Shrill One can’t seem to figure this out. He says, “I wish I had something constructive to propose.” Uh, Professor: you do.
Maybe Senate Dems don’t want to pass one. We already know that House Dems can’t seem to muster the votes for a budget resolution. We also know that Kent Conrad is a piece of crap, (see, most recently, here and here, part 3) which makes going through the budget difficult. But this is sheer obfuscation.
It would be really nice if the President would knock some heads together on this. But on this page, apparently I’m not allowed to criticize him.
So I’ll just say, wouldn’t it be great if, say, there were a national party leader, perhaps elected by the whole people, who is a superb public speaker and has a lot of political weapons at his disposal, who might go into complete campaign mode now?