Just when you think beltway Republicans have finally begun to understand the depth and breadth of the voter revolt against the size and reach of the federal government, and thus against the President Obama-led Congressional Democrats, along comes Senator Grassley to throw Democrats a life-line.
Grassley fought a brave and good fight against Obamacare throughout 2009, correctly assessing the offers from his Democratic colleague on the Finance Committee, Max Baucus, as both deeply undesirable on their merits and certain to be amended to the worse by House as well.
But the Beltway pressures of facing down cartloads of lobbyists and scores of MSMers chanting "bipartisanship" have taken their toll on the Iowa Republican. When on Thursday Grassley stepped forward with his long-time committee colleague Baucus to propose an $85 billion dollar "jobs bill," energized activists across the country snapped back their heads in wonder. "What part of 'Stop!' doesn't he understand?" they asked in near-unison.
Since the licking in Massachusetts, the protect-Obama media has been pushing out the White House' hysterical "obstructionist" theme, as though super-majorities in both the House and Senate throughout 2009 hadn't given the president all the numbers he needed to pass whatever he wanted. Now it looks like increasing numbers of Democrats are refusing to sign their own political death warrants, and so the White House is hunting for someone to blame, and perhaps from which some leverage could be gained to push through some remnant of an Obamacare that remains deeply unpopular in the country abroad.
Cut off from the heartland, some of the GOP in Washington are desperate to be back on schmoozing terms with the Capitol's media and their across-the-aisle colleagues. They would like to get past the unpleasantness of the past year and do something, anything to make those cable commentators stop calling them the party of no. As a result they are beginning to show signs of folding and in so doing, of forfeiting the message they have worked so hard to deliver for the past year: The president, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid are leading the country over a left-wing cliff.