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Jul. 30 2010 - 1:28 pm | 39 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

Reid not cowed by GOP tactics

It seems that GOP obstructionism is having the opposite of its intended effect on Harry Reid. Reid is lining up more jobs related votes to test Republican resolve on its block-block-block strategy,

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will force Republicans to vote next week on a $26.1 billion package of education funding and Medicaid assistance to states.

It will be a tough vote for centrist Republicans because the provisions are popular with Democratic and Republican governors and would not add to the deficit.

I have to say that this really is a brilliant little strategy if it is in fact what Democrats are doing (and that seems to be more and more likely to be the case). Fighting Republicans with their own fire is what a lot of Democrats and liberals have been wanting to do for some time. But the added bonus of this particular application is that it really does take the high road, even as it locks Republicans into a double bind.

I’m not 100% convinced it will save Democrats from big losses in November, but I’m not entirely sure what else they could be expected to do.  Regardless, it will be interesting to see how these series of showdowns play out.


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