Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Why isn't Obama campaigning in Nevada?

Obama is running around the country complaining that the Republicans won't vote on his Stimulus II bill. He went to a bridge between Kentucky and Ohio to chastise both John Boehner and Mitch McConnell whose states the bridge links to complain that they won't pass his bill. You know that bill - the one that no other Democrat in either the House or the Senate wishes to co-sponsor. Obama asked for a speech before a joint session of Congress in order to demagogue on his bill. The GOP were so unimpressed that they didn't even counter with their own televised response.

Obama didn't care. He is stuck in his Give-'em-Harry mode trying to campaign against the supposedly do-nothing Republicans. Yesterday he was in Texas complaining that Eric Cantor wasn't taking up his bill.
President Barack Obama, in a speech to supporters in Dallas, Texas, today attacked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), challenging the conservative lawmaker to come to Texas and tell the president what he did not like about the $447-billion American Jobs Act.

“Yesterday, the Republican Majority Leader in Congress, Eric Cantor, said that right now, he won’t even let the jobs bill have a vote in the House of Representatives,” Obama said in prepared remarks released by the White House.

“I'd like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he doesn't believe in,” said Obama.
However, Cantor's counterparts, Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi aren't co-sponsoring Obama's bill.

His problem is that his own party isn't thrilled with the bill.

And Mitch McConnell is extremely mischievous. In a priceless moment in the supposedly "world's greatest deliberative body," McConnell tried to introduce Obama's jobs bill into the Senate and allow everyone to vote on the bill, just as the leader of the Democratic Party is complaining the Republicans won't do. There is just one problem. The Democrats don't want to vote on the bill either. So Harry Reid blocked the motion, saying that "Right away is a relative term."
So will the President continue with this charade of pretending that it is those eeeeevil Republicans who are blocking his bill, when the Senate Democrat's lone sponsor of the bill blocked it from coming up for a vote?

And one anonymous Democratic aide reveals what the real thinking is among Senate Democrats.
"Nobody is all that excited about the president's jobs bill," a senior Democratic aide said.

Instead of castigating Republicans, perhaps he needs to travel to Nevada and campaign against Reid blocking his bill from a vote.

Reid and Obama must be cursing that devilish Mitch McConnell for exposing Obama's empty complaints about the Republicans.

H/t Guy Benson, who reminds us that yesterday marked 888 days since the Senate, under the Democrats, have passed a budget.