Rebellion among Senate Dems over Reid’s no-budget agenda?

posted at 4:30 pm on June 7, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Republicans have taken great pains to continually refer to the number of days since Senate Democrats have produced a budget, now at Day 769 and counting.  Democrats have begun to chafe at Harry Reid’s strategy of attempting to grab a world record for punting, especially since Democrats have to argue in next year’s elections for voters to trust them with leadership for the next two years.  Politico reports on building dissatisfaction with leadership among the majority caucus:

A growing number of Senate Democrats are anxious about the lack of a Democratic budget and the unusually slow legislative agenda, creating another headache for Majority Leader Harry Reid as he tries to protect his majority ahead of a daunting election year.

“On the budget front, I’m not a happy camper around here,” California Sen. Dianne Feinstein told POLITICO. “I think we need to have a budget that we stand by.”

“In the states, you can’t do this in the states — you’ve got to move,” said West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a former governor up for reelection next year. “We’re hoping we will.”

Not having a budget, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor said, “makes it harder to do things that we just need to do — there are people talking about an education bill, a highway bill — a lot of other things you just don’t know how much you have to spend.”

It’s more than just a practical problem — it’s a big political problem for Democrats attempting to defend 23 seats in 2012.  Republicans are widely expected to win enough seats in the next cycle to take control of the Senate in the 113th Session of Congress, but Democrats have tried to paint the GOP as irresponsible on protecting popular entitlement programs through their attempts to solve the budget deficit.

The problem is that while Senate Democrats talk about irresponsibility, they are modeling even worse behavior.  The GOP gave Democrats a target by offering a budget plan in the House and passing it, which the Senate rejected without producing a better plan — or any plan.  Unlike in the House, Democrats are not in a powerless minority in the Senate.  Harry Reid controls the floor in the upper chamber, and they have a Democrat in the White House as well.  Yet despite the fact that Democrats already have leadership on Capitol Hill in two of the three power positions, Reid is refusing to provide any solutions to the one piece of Congressional business that interests voters the most: federal spending.

Right now, Democrats are saying that they need to defer to Joe Biden on the budget.  That’s hardly taking leadership, as the Vice President has no formal role in the budgeting process.  The longer Reid and the Democrats go without producing a budget proposal, the more they appear to willingly abdicate their claim to leadership — and the more they invite voters to elect people who want to lead rather than hide behind the VP.

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Voting out Dingy Harry as their leader would be a good first step. The man is an embarrassment to the nation.

slickwillie2001 on June 7, 2011 at 4:33 PM

And they call the GOP the party of no. I think the Donkeys should be called, among other things, the party of D’Oh!

search4truth on June 7, 2011 at 4:35 PM

So, they are proposing a 15% tax hike? /s

Oil Can on June 7, 2011 at 4:36 PM

And this is why I’m not that worried about the opposition to the Ryan plan. Dems got their own issues with inaction to get too hyper about political tactics.

BradSchwartze on June 7, 2011 at 4:37 PM

The Dems need to add the symbol of the ostrich along with the jack-ass. When you broke it and can’t fix it……

Hening on June 7, 2011 at 4:40 PM

I keep dreaming that Harry will be found in a brothel like the senator in the Godfather.

docflash on June 7, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Who becomes Majority Leader if they turf Reid? Dick Turban? Chuck the Schm*ck?

I’d think that Chuck’s star is a little dim right now since his protege, Weiner, is causing so many distractions.

teke184 on June 7, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Why should the reveal a plan? I read a poll the other day that showed that 40% of voters “preferred” Obama’s plan over Ryan’s. And Obama has no plan. It doesn’t exist. So they’ve already got 40% approval on doing nothing at all.

Rational Thought on June 7, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Ow! My eyes! Please pick another picture.

KS Rex on June 7, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Maybe it’s about time to bring up that little $61+ Trillion liability thingy…?

Seven Percent Solution on June 7, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Rise up in the cafeteria and stab them with your plastic forks

mad saint jack on June 7, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Maybe it’s about time to bring up that little $61+ Trillion liability thingy…?

Seven Percent Solution on June 7, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Oh, it’s too complicated. The Republicans wanna kill granny. Now that’s easy to understand.

Rational Thought on June 7, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Rational Thought on June 7, 2011 at 4:41 PM

it boggles the mind, the cluelessness of these folks…

cmsinaz on June 7, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Rational Thought on June 7, 2011 at 4:46 PM

they’ll ride that pony for as long as they can with the lsm help

cmsinaz on June 7, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I keep dreaming that Harry will be found in a brothel like the senator in the Godfather.

docflash on June 7, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Oh, that would be divine (except spare the girl this time!)

Oink on June 7, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I keep dreaming that Harry will be found in a brothel like the senator in the Godfather.

docflash on June 7, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Oh, that would be divine (except spare the girl this time!)

Oink on June 7, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I’m thinking more along the lines of Casino, as in “a guy shows up in the desert with a package in the trunk and dumps it into a hole he’s already dug.”

I can’t imagine that the large interests in Vegas and Reno are particularly happy with him right about now.

teke184 on June 7, 2011 at 4:50 PM

hmmm test

mad saint jack on June 7, 2011 at 4:50 PM

hmmm test

mad saint jack on June 7, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Good my blog is now linked to my name.

mad saint jack on June 7, 2011 at 4:52 PM

I really don’t understand this. How hard is it for the Dems to knock out a budget?

They could do it one one sheet of paper, two bullets:

1. Raise taxes

2. Increase spending.

Took me about 7 seconds to type that.

Sure, its a bit short on substance but they could knock that out in Committee.

catmman on June 7, 2011 at 4:53 PM

And they call the GOP the party of no. I think the Donkeys should be called, among other things, the party of D’Oh!

search4truth on June 7, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Democrats…the party of nothing

equanimous on June 7, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Well here is one story we won’t see on the front page of the NYT or LAT or Chicago-Boston-Miami-Philly-Seattle-or lead off CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC…

right2bright on June 7, 2011 at 4:57 PM

right2bright on June 7, 2011 at 4:57 PM

tru dat my friend…

cmsinaz on June 7, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Rise up in the cafeteria and stab them with your plastic forks

mad saint jack on June 7, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Made me think of ‘Hotel California’…

“… they stab it with their plastic forks, but they just can’t kill the beast…”

Midas on June 7, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Senate Dems should just man-up and go with The People’s Budget.

visions on June 7, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Looks like I picked a bad day to stop sniffing glue munching popcorn.

greggriffith on June 7, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Bet everyone of those Dems are up for re-election and this is just CYA move to blame someone else when asked why they are not doing their job.

albill on June 7, 2011 at 5:17 PM

The Dems who have to run next year must have gotten a look at their real internal polling and are beginning to understand they are TOAST.

karenhasfreedom on June 7, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Sure, its a bit short on substance but they could knock that out in Committee.

catmman on June 7, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Or deem it passed.

disa on June 7, 2011 at 6:12 PM

This is not coming from the Senate, it’s coming from Obama. He’s already told the Senate Dems not to produce a budget because he wants to run his campaign on the theme that the Republicans want to take away your Medicare and he doesn’t want to have to defend any alternate plan.

PackerBronco on June 7, 2011 at 6:17 PM

hmmm Gov Palin calls out the dems on having no budget on sunday and tues the dems rebe! against Reid….. coincidence I’m sure.

unseen on June 7, 2011 at 6:42 PM

hmmm Gov Palin calls out the dems on having no budget on sunday and tues the dems rebe! against Reid….. coincidence I’m sure.

unseen on June 7, 2011 at 6:42 PM

It took Trump to force Obama to release that forged birth certificate.

Seems like the Republican Old Guard is fairly ineffectual.

Roy Rogers on June 7, 2011 at 7:08 PM

The Democrats are becoming the party of cowards. Harry Reid believes this is a strategy to protect 23 seats in 2012? Only Obama can get away with voting “present” this many times.

If we had a free press in this country, they would certainly hold the Democrats responsible for their failure to do their job, wouldn’t they?

Vote Republican and only be called a racist one more time.

bflat879 on June 7, 2011 at 10:04 PM