Look on the bright side, Mr. President: At least this time the defeat wasn’t 97-0.
From the Hill:
President Obama received a slap from members of his own party Tuesday as the Senate voted 50-49 to block his $447 billion jobs package.
The jobs plan, which the president has spent much of the last month touting on a cross-country tour, fell well short of the 60 votes it needed to proceed.
The only Democrats to vote against the measure were Sens. Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Jon Tester (Mont.), but a number of other centrists in the party indicated they would vote against the package even though they supported launching a debate on the measure.
So, President Obama’s latest stimulus couldn’t even win the support of all Senate Democrats. But don’t worry: The White House no doubt will pin the blame on “obstructionist Republicans.” How inconvenient for them that the GOP-led House didn’t vote it down first.
Now that we’ve dispensed with the political theater of Obama proposing a bill designed chiefly to fire up his base, only to be quickly rejected by Congress, perhaps the debate in Washington can become more substantive.
…And now that you’ve stopped laughing…
To begin, we’ll see how the president and Senate react if/when House members pass those elements of Obama’s bill with which they agree.
– By Kyle Wingfield