Senate Democrats begging for White House leadership on budget battle
They’re taking the President’s bait. Again:
Without a clear strategy from the top, Democrats fear their party risks splintering even further. And absent a plan, Democratic senators worry they’ll be forced to cast politically treacherous votes that may be rendered meaningless if the White House and Republican leaders ultimately reach a bipartisan deal, nullifying whatever action the Senate takes.
We saw this exact scenario play out during the debate over Obamacare during most of 2009. The President put forward a vague framework for “reform”, stood back, and let the Democrats take the heat for the rest of the year. Then, he presided over some serious drubbings for Democrats at the polls.
Over two years into the administration, it’s amazing that the Democrats don’t seem to understand Obama’s political cunning. He clearly doesn’t want to be anywhere near the political infighting, part of his strategy to appear above the fray and the partisan bickering in Congress. And more importantly, the healthcare debate should put Democrats on notice–he really doesn’t care for their political careers. So long as he gets to take credit in the end.