The media narrative surrounding the fiscal cliff is casting Republicans as rigid ideologues who are obstructing a deal from President Obama. Except, the person obstructing Obama’s deal in the US Senate is…Harry Reid.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., blocked a vote on President Obama’s proposal, articulated last week by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, saying that “there is no Geithner proposal.”
“If the President’s proposal was made in good faith, Democrats should be eager to vote for it,” McConnell said today. “So I’m surprised the Majority Leader just declined the chance for them to support it with their votes. I guess we’re left to conclude that it couldn’t even pass by a bare majority of votes, and that they’d rather take the country off the cliff than actually work out a good-faith agreement that reflects tough choices on both sides.”
SAB readers might also remember that President Obama’s budgets were non-starters in Congress too, failing by unanimous votes in both the House and Senate.
Which almost makes it seem like Obama is proposing poison pills, forcing Republicans to either put their fingerprints on massive tax hikes, drawing the resentment of Americans who look to them to keep taxes low, or allow the nation to go over the “fiscal cliff,” for which they’d get the blame from Democrats and the media.
But remember, it’s Republicans and Grover Norquist who are playing politics.