When House Republicans challenged public funding for the $1 billion abortion industry giant (which rakes in one-third of its budget from government grants and contracts at both the state and federal levels), Murray led the defense. It was "stunning to her as a woman," she raged, that fiscal conservatives would challenge Planned Parenthood's sacred subsidies. As if only men are capable of questioning the insatiable appetite of a predatory racket disguised as a "reproductive health" provider.
The fabled "outsider mom in tennis shoes" has morphed over the past two decades into just another Beltway swamp insider in sensible heels. Murray has earned the scorn not just of right-wing taxpayer groups, but also of left-wing watchdogs who flagged her 17 revolving-door staffers-turned-lobbyists and fundraising conflicts of interest. Murray, you see, is the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee -- and refuses to cease her money-grubbing while she serves on the debt panel.
"It really sends a bad message to the American people when you're the chief fundraiser trying to come up with this balanced approach to deficit reduction," Adam Smith, communications director of Public Campaign, told The Hill newspaper. "She's going to be focused on this committee and also on fundraising? Will she make decisions based on whether it hurts the fundraising ability of the (DSCC)?" Do pigs oink? Duh.
The Democratic leadership's top priority isn't to get America's fiscal house in order. It is, as one aide candidly told The Hill, "to continue to raise resources to grow and preserve our majority."
Above all else, Murray is a glaring symbol of the Democratic Party's intellectual bankruptcy when it comes to solving our entitlement mess. More than a decade ago, while I served as the youngest member of the Seattle Times editorial board, I asked her about the disproportionate burden that FICA taxes imposed on Generation X and low-income workers. I wanted to know if she supported creative alternatives to the Social Security system like the opt-out plan adopted by the cities of Bellevue, Wash., and Galveston, Texas.
"FICA?" she repeated with a puzzled glance at her entourage of D.C. staffers.
"You know, payroll taxes," I added helpfully.
Response: Deer in the headlights.
Only when young and future workers have K Street lobbyists will Pork Patty get a clue.