Instapundit writes: “PUNT! Democrats put off votes to extend Bush tax cuts until after midterm election. Of course, the uncertainty this creates will probably hurt job growth in the intervening months.”
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced the decision in a statement that blamed Republicans for holding up tax cuts for the middle class in order to prevent a tax hike on wealthier taxpayers. . . .”
Feeling no need to remind readers that the Democrats control both houses and don’t need the GOP to pass much of anything, they quote Reid’s spokesman fully:
“We will come back in November and stay in session as long as it takes to get this done.”
I wonder. Clearly now, before the election, Pelosi and Reid could not count on frightened Democrats to march in form. One of the reasons both houses are closing up and getting out of Dodge early is because those who are fighting for their political lives might do anything to stay alive; they might even–gasp–vote with Republicans!
But what makes Reid and Pelosi so certain that the returning lame ducks will be so eager to line up? What if they come back to Congress and the Senate and say to themselves:
“. . . you know what, I never believed in any of this; I did what I was told because Pelosi strongarmed me and I was afraid of her; I did it because Reid promised me the moon. Now, I got nothing. It’s over for me, and they still want me to just fall-in-line and vote for this garbage they’re serving up, why? For them? For Obama? Just to spite Bush? I’ve kinda gotten over hating Bush! Why should I take revenge against the citizenry, when I’m going to be a private citizen in January? Why would I vote against my own interests?
Screw Pelosi; screw Reid. I’m done with the lockstep. I’ll make my last votes ones I can be proud of.”
Wouldn’t that just be the perfect (and deserved) ending to the remarkable story of Election 2010?
The scenario isn’t any more nuts than this one.
Ed Morrissey has more thoughts