Elisabeth Meinecke

The LA Times today chronicled how urgent President Obama's rhetoric has deemed jobs legislation, and how lackadaisical his and his party's actions on it have been.

Remember that speech that really was urgent enough to be initially scheduled for the Wednesday of the GOP debate?

Well, it turns out Congress probably won't really get around to that legislation for about a month, writes the LA Times:

We've just learned from the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Dick Durbin, that actually it seems that body won't really be seriously getting into the legislation for a while yet. The Senate has some other more important business to handle. And then there's this month's congressional vacation, which in Washington is called "a recess," like elementary school.

Here's the revealing exchange with a persistent host Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union:"

CROWLEY: When is the bill going to get on the floor?

DURBIN: The bill is on the calendar. Majority leader Reid moved it to the calendar. It is ready and poised. There are a couple other items we may get into this week not on the bill and some related issues that may create jobs. But we're going to move forward on the president's bill. There will be a healthy debate. I hope the Republicans will come to...

CROWLEY: After the recess, so next month? Or when will it actually begin to act on?

DURBIN: I think that's more realistic it would be next month.

So, as of right now, "right now" uttered on Sept. 8 really means sometime at least one month later.

What leadership. Clearly, Sen. Harry Reid felt just as inspired by Obama's rhetoric as the rest of us.


Elisabeth Meinecke

Elisabeth Meinecke is TOWNHALL MAGAZINE Managing Editor. Follow her on Twitter @lismeinecke.