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MCCONNELL SAYS THE SENATE BILL COULD FAIL … ANYONE BUY THAT?

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 2, 2009

Senator McConnell

Senator McConnell

The Senate edition of President Obama’s porktacular spending package, now dangling a $900 billion price tag, may be the proverbial “mugging” that some liberals need to get them to think more like conservatives – that is, if there is any truth to the reports that support for the bill is eroding a bit.

While I’d love to believe that there are, in fact, Senate Democrats who can’t swallow the prodigious amount of wasteful spending in this bill, I remain, at best, cautious. Nonetheless, in the wake of the House bi-partisan vote against Obama’s wasteland of pig meat and promises (188 Republicans and 11 Democrats said “no” last week, despite the bill’s passage), there are signs that some Dems are not happy.

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has gone as far to suggest that the bill could even go down to defeat.

I don’t know if I buy that, but it’s nice to say.

Douglass K. Daniel of the Associated Press writes:

McConnell and other Republicans suggested that the bill needed an overhaul because it doesn’t pump enough into the private sector through tax cuts and allows Democrats to go on a spending spree unlikely to jolt the economy. The Republican leader also complained that Democrats had not been as bipartisan in writing the bill as Obama had said he wanted.

“I think it may be time … for the president to kind of get a hold of these Democrats in the Senate and the House, who have rather significant majorities, and shake them a little bit and say, ‘Look, let’s do this the right way,'” McConnell said. “I can’t believe that the president isn’t embarrassed about the products that have been produced so far.”

Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said he was seeing an erosion of support for the bill and suggested that lawmakers should consider beginning anew.

McConnell is, of course, correct. In fact, according to Fox News, two Democratic Senators in particular – Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Ben Nelson of Nebraska – appear to be siding with McConnell.

“As it stands it would be very hard for me to vote for this package, because I don’t think it is fully targeted, timely and temporary,” Conrad said. “I think there is widespread dissatisfaction with the package that came over from the House.”

Conrad went on to say that way too little was being done to deal with housing, which he points out is “central to the crisis.”

Of course, before conservatives start embroidering their “V for victory” sweaters just yet, remember that both houses of Congress are ruled by Democrats who have long been famished for the power they now possess. Liberal pouches of fairy dust made up of “post-partisan this” and “bi-partisan that” have thus far, under the Obamacrats, proven to be a thorough hoax. (They’ve told us so). Make no mistake, these benefactors to the Obama Nation are a feisty bunch – with almost the same sense of entitlement that many of their constituents have had for years.

Still, on CBS’s Face The Nation on Sunday, Senator McConnell said, “It’ll need to change if it’ll do any good. I mean, things like $150 million honey bee insurance and $650 million to buy government employees cars is not what the American public had in mind.”

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, on the other hand, said there was no time to waste – that passage of this thing as soon as humanly possible was the only hope to keep the United States free from absolute destruction – or something similarly dishonest. “We cannot delay this,” he said, “We can’t engage in the old political rhetoric of saying, ‘Well, maybe it could be a little bit better here and a little bit better there.’ We’ve got to pull together.”

What an unexpurgated load of pig fat.

Just check your 2009 edition of the Liberal/English dictionary. You’ll find that “pulling together” is Dem-speak for falling in line with the Obamacrats.

Old political rhetoric” is another way of saying “honest debate.”

I like McConnell’s spirit, but I think there’s more of a chance of finding a “Support the Troops” ribbon on the back of Noam Chomsky’s car than seeing this bill go down to defeat in the Senate.

But I’m more than happy to eat crow on that.

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