Will Lame Ducks Turn on Pelosi-Reid?

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

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  • c matt

    The reason they won’t do that is because they are crooks through and through, and after they lose, their only hope of employment is as a DC lobbyist kissing the posteriors of the likes of Reid and Pelosi.

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  • http://sailorette.blogspot.com Foxfier

    Nobody would hire them as election consultants, or make them czars, too.

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    Do you or Instapundit or anyone else in the right blogosphere actually understand how Congress works?

    There’s ZERO chance that things will happen as Instapundit fantasizes.

  • tim maguire

    It will be interesting to see what happens with a high percentage of lame ducks. Maybe congressional pension reform will get fast-tracked.

    I’m always amazed by the number of liberal friends, otherwise intelligent people, who blame Republican obstructionism for Obama’s problems. I swear, no matter how thoughtful or intelligent a liberal is in other areas, when the subject turns to politics and social issues, they turn into children, hate-filled ranting children.

  • Teresa

    There is no honor among thieves. They will not come back and and stand up for a change.

  • Connie Patterson

    I read an interesting article at Human Events, I believe, that noted several of the election winners will be seated immediately after the election instead of in January…those seats that are held by Obama appointees or that were filled because of the death of the office holder. Apparently, many state laws call for the winner of the election to be seated in November, after the results are certified.
    So, the “lame duck” session of congress may not be so lame after all. :)

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