President Obama is taking advantage of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s statement that the Save Obama Bill (the jobs bill) won’t pass the House, using it to isolate, polarize and freeze Rep. Cantor. Here he is, in full campaign mode, Tuesday in Dallas:
The Obama perpetual campaign even sent out an email about it last night, urging supporters to take the very sober and serious action of…tweeting for jobs.
President Obama is in Dallas today urging Americans who support the American Jobs Act to demand that Congress pass it already.
Though it’s been nearly a month since he laid out this plan, House Republicans haven’t acted to pass it. And House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is out there actually bragging that they won’t even put the jobs package up for a vote — ever.
It’s not clear which part of the bill they now object to: building roads, hiring teachers, getting veterans back to work. They’re willing to block the American Jobs Act — and they think you won’t do anything about it.
But here’s something you can do: Find Republican members of Congress on Twitter, call them out, and demand they pass this bill.
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And so forth and so on. It’s one of their longer emails. But while Team Zero is pushing its supporters to tweet for jobs, and while the president himself is going after Eric Cantor personally, it’s the Democrat-controlled Senate that should be the focus of his fire if he really wants the bill to pass. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has said that that bill isn’t a Senate priority. The Democrat preferred working on a China currency bill first. So on Tuesday, the Republican leadership under Sen. Mitch McConnell tried forcing a vote on the jobs bill. That’s right, the Republicans tried forcing a vote on the bill that the Democrat president is using to bludgeon Cantor, a Republican. The White House called the Republican move a “stunt,” and Reid used a bunch of procedural moves to block the vote — on Obama’s bill.
McConnell’s move didn’t force a vote on the bill, but it did force the truth out — that the president’s bill doesn’t even have the votes to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate. It’s DOA on the Hill. It’s not only not bipartisan, it doesn’t even have partisan Democratic support. But that’s not slowing the cynical president down from bashing Rep. Cantor.
As I’ve written before, Obama never even intended his bill to pass at all. It was written to fail, and then become a touchstone for him to use to run against Congress. Meaning, that every word coming from him on the subject now, urging Cantor to pass the bill in the House, is an out and out lie.
What a fundamental transformation we’ve seen in this president, from post-racial to most racial, and from Hope and Change to slash and burn.