I've been critical of Republican tactics and messaging this week, so let's give credit where it's due: Moments ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor and offered an immediate vote on President Obama's fiscal cliff plan, which shocked the Beltway late last week. (In case you're keeping score at home, this was the surreal proposal that induced McConnell to laugh out loud as it was outlined by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner). Harry Reid quickly objected and shut the whole thing down, labeling the suggestion a "stunt." Think about that. The President of the United States,...
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So why wouldn't Reid allow a vote and prove McConnell wrong? He could prove it was a stunt and that the Democrats stand firmly behind President Obama if he wanted to. Why not? Here's why not, because it wouldn't pass the Senate and a lot of Democrats know that Obama's proposal is stupid and bad policy. Obama is the one pulling a stunt and using his access to the pulpit to further divide the country. No Congress is going to give up it's Constitutional Authority to oversee the purse strings or just allow any President to arbitrairly Redistribute America's Wealth along ideological lines with no input from the Legislative Branch.
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