OfA’s fightin’ Jim Messina sent out the following email this afternoon.
The U.S. Senate is supposed to vote on the American Jobs Act as early as tonight.
It’s a bill that will put people to work immediately, and it contains proposals that members of both parties have said in the past that they’d support.
But Senate Republicans want to block it. Not because they have a plan that creates jobs right now — not one Republican, in Congress or in the presidential race, does. They only have a political plan.
Their strategy is to suffocate the economy for the sake of what they think will be a political victory. They think that the more folks see Washington taking no action to create jobs, the better their chances in the next election. So they’re doing everything in their power to make sure nothing gets done.
There’s still time for principled Republican senators to declare their independence from this kamikaze political strategy. …
And so forth. This email will undoubtedly get some warm reception on the left, but it’s about as dishonest a rendering of the current state of play as it’s possible to pack into an email. In the first place, the economy has remained as weak as it is for as long as it has mostly because President Obama has unleashed the regulatory state on it. More than 4,200 regulations are poised to hammer down on the US economy, most of which the president could halt with the stroke of a pen.
The jobs bill’s troubles in the Senate come not from the Republicans. Sen. Mitch McConnell tried pushing it to a vote last week, but the Democratic leader, Sen. Harry Reid, went nuclear to stop that vote. He did that because the vulnerable Democrats in the Senate do not want to put their names on the line supporting its massive tax hikes and spend-n0w-pay-later attributes, but they also don’t want their names on the line handing the president of their party an embarrassing public humiliation and defeat. So they’re doing what they can to find a way out of the corner that their own president has painted them into.
This email is more evidence, as if we needed it, that we’re headed into a very ugly and dishonest campaign, as President Obama scorches the earth and torches the truth to cling to power. He’s a destructive little man, this president, and in the likes of Messina he has surrounded himself with similar folks.