Friday, September 24, 2010

Tax Cut Punt

Of course, my last post shouldn't be taken to imply that I'm especially happy with the Democratic leadership right now either, especially based on their bizarre, baffling, and simply wrongheaded decision yesterday to punt a vote to cut taxes for the middle class tax (those earning $250k and under) into the post-election lame duck session.

It's just beyond me how the Democrats can continue to kneecap themselves on issue after issue, whether health care reform, job creation, or this.  In a year where the country is in a "throw the bums out" mood, they've managed yet again to misread the temperature on an issue the public overwhelmingly supports them on.  In the process they've made it that much harder for those who'd be inclined to support them to justify that support. 

While digging into the rationale behind the Dems' decision, Greg Sargent unearthed this telling tidbit:
According to a very plugged in Senate aide, Senators debating the issue were very aware that the polling was on their side. Yet, paradoxically, this ended up tipping the balance against holding the vote. Senate Dems felt they were alreadly winning on the issue, and in the end they thought a vote risked upsetting a dynamic that was already playing in their favor.

"People felt like, Why rock the boat on a good situation?" the aide tells me. 
Why rock the boat.  Unbelievable.  It's exceedingly sad that the Democrats' one and only lifeline right now is that people seems to dislike the Republicans even more.  Still, if they think that'll be enough to prevent that electoral shellacking that's looking increasingly likely in just a few short weeks, they're in for a very rude awakening

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