Dick Durbin: We, er, don’t have the votes in the Senate to pass Obama’s jobs bill

posted at 9:52 pm on September 29, 2011 by Allahpundit

Note well: It’s not because of a GOP filibuster either.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said that, at the moment, Democrats don’t have the votes to pass President Obama’s jobs bill, but Durbin added that that would change.

“Not at the moment, I don’t think we do but, uh, we can work on it,” Durbin said according to Chicago radio station WLS…

“The oil-producing state senators don’t like eliminating or reducing the subsidy for oil companies, “Durbin said. “There are some senators who are up for election who say I’m never gonna vote for a tax increase while I’m up for election, even on the wealthiest people. So, we’re not gonna have 100% Democratic senators. That’s why it needs to be bi-partisan and I hope we can find some Republicans who will join us to make it happen.”

Is this news? We knew on Sept. 14 that Democrats were leery of the bill when Reid insisted that they had other business to handle before taking it up. Two days later, we found out that Senate Democrats spent an hour and a half griping about the bill to White House aides in a meeting. Five Democrats — Begich, Webb, Landrieu, Mikulski, and Casey — were specifically named as opponents. Three days after that, Durbin told CNN not to expect any action on it until October at the earliest, a prediction that’ll end up being proved right. To the extent that his latest comments are “news,” it’s for two reasons. One: Despite having had two weeks to convince his own party’s congressional caucus to rally behind him on this extremely prominent measure, Obama’s still up shinola creek. That’s what happens when your job approval trend lines look like this. Two: We all realize, I hope, that the bill is chiefly a political ploy designed to show The One being proactive on the seminal electoral issue of the day. He expects Republicans to block it, at which point he’ll turn around and blame our endless economic malaise on the GOP. That’s perfectly straightforward — except that he forgot to craft the bill to make sure that it would attract the support of Democrats at least, which is essential if he wants to frame opposition to it as blind wingnut partisanship. I’m as confused as Dave in Texas is about that. If you want to isolate Republican obstructionism as America’s big problem, you should probably first double-check with your own guys to make sure they’re not being obstructionist too, huh?

Brand new from Fox News tonight: A clear majority of voters (52/38) say that if Obama were CEO of a company, he’d have been fired by now. I can’t imagine why.

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“Pass this bill!”

Lanceman on September 29, 2011 at 9:53 PM

“Pass this bill now! Pass this bill! Pass this bill now!”

You know what they are doing, right?

Next year when the unemployment gets even worse, Ozero will come out and say it’s the Republican Congress’s fault because THEY didn’t pass the bill.

UnderstandingisPower on September 29, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Brand new from Fox News tonight: A clear majority of voters (52/38) say that if Obama were CEO of a company, he’d have been fired by now. I can’t imagine why.

Nah, he should keep his job and have his taxes raised through the roof. It’s only “fair”.

Doughboy on September 29, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Why fall for calling this piece of junk a “jobs” bill? Why go along with Obama’s lies? Just to get along?

GaltBlvnAtty on September 29, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Wouldn’t you just love to be a fly on the wall at some of the behind-closed-door meetings this is all going to generate?

cynccook on September 29, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Wouldn’t you just love to be a fly on the wall at some of the behind-closed-door meetings this is all going to generate?

cynccook on September 29, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Nope. I’d be competing with the other flies that were attracted by the smell.

Lanceman on September 29, 2011 at 9:59 PM

PBHO is really missing the heady days of 2009, the days of Stimulus and ObamaCare, when the nation trembled at the sound of his voice and everything seemed possible.

Bishop on September 29, 2011 at 9:59 PM

I think Webb is trying to keep some credibility to the D party in VA by going against so much of Odipstick’s plans.

It won’t work, but it does reflect how the State is seeing things. Soon we will be seeing DINOs swarming with the RINOs in the evaporating pool of an electorate that has had enough of stupid politician tricks.

ajacksonian on September 29, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Don’t these stupid Dems in Congress know that passing this is the only way to show O that they love him?

cynccook on September 29, 2011 at 10:01 PM

A recent email from the Dick to the “little people” of Illinois:

Late Thursday night, the House GOP took this whole debate over disaster relief funding to a new level, setting the stage for yet another government shutdown. The Republicans sent the Senate a “continuing resolution” that only offers emergency disaster relief funding if we agree to cut important green jobs programs. They hoped that Senate Democrats would go along with it because failure to pass a continuing resolution by Friday would force a government shutdown, and deny FEMA the funding it needs to help Illinois and other states recover from natural disasters.

If the story seems familiar, that’s because it is. We are now watching the third government shutdown movie of the year. It’s not surprising — it’s not even interesting anymore.

The Republicans want us to choose between saving 50,000 jobs and helping disaster-ravaged communities recover. We know that’s a false choice, and that is why the Senate defeated the measure.

Click here to co-sign my open letter — along with 20,000 fellow DickDurbin.com community activists — urging the GOP to stop playing politics with disaster relief before this week’s government shutdown deadline!

Apparently, holding FEMA funding hostage isn’t enough for House Republicans anymore. They’re now threatening to shut down the entire federal government if they don’t get their way.

The American people are fed up. They are fed up with the constant brinksmanship, with forcing us to the precipice every few months, and with the nickel and diming of those who need help the most.

It’s time to stop playing politics with disaster aid.

It’s time to stop pushing our economy to the edge of the abyss.

It’s time for the House to put partisanship aside, fund the government, help those who have struggled through natural disasters, and let us focus again on getting the American people back to work.

Thanks for taking action against the GOP’s latest shameful attempt at high-stakes brinkmanship.

MayorDaley on September 29, 2011 at 10:01 PM

PBHO is really missing the heady days of 2009, the days of Stimulus and ObamaCare, when the nation trembled vomited at the sound of his voice and everything seemed possible.

Bishop on September 29, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Lanceman on September 29, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Yo Dick. Did you not get the memo? Obama can’t blame the Republicans for torpedoing his turnaround Jobs Bill if you let on that his own party doesn’t support it in sufficient numbers to pass it.

Basilsbest on September 29, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Bummer really – I’m just crushed

gophergirl on September 29, 2011 at 10:02 PM

“… you should probably first double-check with your own guys to make sure they’re not being obstructionist too, huh?”

Now you’ve done it…!

Seven Percent Solution on September 29, 2011 at 10:04 PM

So reenacting the Truman strategy of running against a Do-Nothing Congress, kinda falls flat when part of Congress is controlled by your own party. Who could have expected that???

txmomof6 on September 29, 2011 at 10:04 PM

How tall is this clown? 5 foot nuthin’?

Lanceman on September 29, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Oh my Dick is being a d!ck!

Knucklehead on September 29, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Bummer really – I’m just crushed

gophergirl on September 29, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Neh. Let’s just reign in the menfolk. They’re getting rowdy. Again. Not that I blame them.

Key West Reader on September 29, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Seven Percent Solution on September 29, 2011 at 10:04 PM

I am so. Going to kick your butt! LOL!

Key West Reader on September 29, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Lanceman on September 29, 2011 at 10:01 PM

I was trying to work in the all-important movie reference, guess I didn’t do such a good job, not close enough to the original line I suppose.

Bishop on September 29, 2011 at 10:08 PM

I was trying to work in the all-important movie reference, guess I didn’t do such a good job, not close enough to the original line I suppose.

Bishop on September 29, 2011 at 10:08 PM

I wouldn’t worry about it – 7% will never see it.

Lanceman on September 29, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Wouldn’t you just love to be a fly on the wall at some of the behind-closed-door meetings this is all going to generate?

cynccook on September 29, 2011 at 9:57 PM

I would love for a recording to surface, I do not think I could stand to be in the room with them though!

bluemarlin on September 29, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Why don’t democrat senators love Barack? If only they didn’t have to worry about re-election!!111!

SouthernGent on September 29, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Obama: “Pass this bill now! Pass this bill! Pass this bill now!”
Democrats: “Pass on this Bill! We’ll pass on this bill now!”
Republicans: “Pass gas on this bill.”
Tea Party: “Piss in this bill”

Bootleghooch on September 29, 2011 at 10:13 PM

More and more I find myself sitting here shaking my head over the DUMB moves by these Democrats.

How long Lord…. how long?

golfmann on September 29, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Its MEZMERIZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pass this F @#$%^&*()_(*&^%$#%^&*()_+)(*&^%$#%^&*()_+
Bill NeverEnding Loop!

canopfor on September 29, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Why don’t democrat senators love Barack? If only they didn’t have to worry about re-election!!111! representing the people!!!111!

SouthernGent on September 29, 2011 at 10:12 PM

tinkerthinker on September 29, 2011 at 10:15 PM

I wouldn’t worry about it – 7% will never see it.
Lanceman on September 29, 2011 at 10:09 PM

The dirtbag never reads my posts so I reported him to #GestapObama.

Bishop on September 29, 2011 at 10:16 PM

***************************AUDIO********************************
UPDATED AUDIO – Mark Levin: Durbin says Obama doesn’t have enough votes in the Senate to pass Jobs bill
Posted by The Right Scoop on Sep 29, 2011

UPDATE: Here is the audio from WLS Radio of Dick Durbin saying he doesn’t have the Democrat votes:
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http://www.therightscoop.com/mark-levin-report-obama-doesnt-enough-democrat-votes-in-the-senate-to-pass-jobs-bill/

canopfor on September 29, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Racists!

WisCon on September 29, 2011 at 10:17 PM

More and more I find myself sitting here shaking my head over the DUMB moves by these Democrats.

How long Lord…. how long?

golfmann on September 29, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Until the dumb electorate wakes up!

bluemarlin on September 29, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Another Plouffe success.

Whatever the GOP is paying him, it’s not enough.

NoDonkey on September 29, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Time to fire up the printing presses and send out a few million race cards.

Oh thats is the Democratic controlled chamber, It still it the republicans fault.

tjexcite on September 29, 2011 at 10:23 PM

“Not at the moment, I don’t think we do but, uh, we can work on it,” Durbin said according to Chicago radio station WLS…

Hey Dick! HOLD YOUR BREATH until you get the necessary number of votes. Maybe you can get those two RINO’s Collins and Snowe to cross the isle again. It worked out so well last time, didn’t it?

GarandFan on September 29, 2011 at 10:25 PM

So big deal, the Senate Obamacrats don’t have enough votes to blow Obama’s latest Class Warfare proposal it out their…

If they could do it in the middle of the night without anyone knowing, they would…

drfredc on September 29, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Sorry, Jugears.

Your Kabuki is lame.

hillbillyjim on September 29, 2011 at 10:42 PM

“There are some senators who are up for election who say I’m never gonna vote for a tax increase while I’m up for election, even on the wealthiest people.

Why doesn’t this sink in with these people all of the time, not just when they are looking at re-election.

Mirimichi on September 29, 2011 at 10:49 PM

“It’s my borrowed Chinese money and I want it now!” Obama says

KW64 on September 29, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Next year when the unemployment gets even worse, Ozero will come out and say it’s the Republican Congress’s fault because THEY didn’t pass the bill.

UnderstandingisPower on September 29, 2011 at 9:55 PM

And, the media will drill it home for him but Durbin’s words need to be archived, “So, we’re not gonna have 100% Democratic senators…”

Fallon on September 29, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said that, at the moment, Democrats don’t have the votes to pass President Obama’s jobs bill, but Durbin added that that would change.

Considering that the bill is a campaign prop to limit damage to Obama’s approval rating, I’m not sure this even qualifies as news.

HitNRun on September 29, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Up shinola creek

………….. at flank speed.

fogw on September 29, 2011 at 11:18 PM

The last few days, the NEA has been running TV ads here (Dallas) during the 10 o’clock news, with kids dressed as grown-ups, pimping Porkulus II. Shameless.

Ward Cleaver on September 29, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Peppergate! The Wall Street video that everyone is talking about!

bloggless on September 29, 2011 at 11:30 PM

You know, in ancient Japan the Samurai warriors when confronted with ultimate failure would fall on their swords.

Perhaps Obama should think on this. After all, he did say this to the CEO’s a few years ago. Well, Obama….let’s see if you’re willing to go through with it.

Vegi on September 29, 2011 at 11:34 PM

So, we’re not gonna have 100% Democratic senators. That’s why it needs to be bi-partisan and I hope we can find some Republicans who will join us to make it happen.”

..Wow…

Where was all this need for “bi-partisanship” when democrats refused to vote on a house bill during the debt ceiling debate…you know…so that they could bash Republicans as “terrorist” holding the country hostage….

Baxter Greene on September 29, 2011 at 11:43 PM

So, we’re not gonna have 100% Democratic senators. That’s why it needs to be bi-partisan and I hope we can find some Republicans who will join us to make it happen.”

..Wow…

Where was all this need for “bi-partisanship” when democrats refused to vote on a house bill during the debt ceiling debate…you know…so that they could bash Republicans as “terror!st” holding the country hostage….

Baxter Greene on September 29, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Two years ago, the donks played keep away against the gop with every bit of legislating. Now that some of their own are staying away, they want to invite the gop back to play–bipartisan ya know.

Bwahaha doubling down on stupid and coming up snake eyes must be a warm smelly feeling. Can’t wait for next year so we can change the diaper and air out the stench.

AH_C on September 30, 2011 at 12:17 AM

Up shinola creek

………….. at flank speed.

fogw on September 29, 2011 at 11:18 PM

BHO – “Paddles? Paddles? We don’t need no stinkin’ paddles …”

Say what ever happened to repealing that amendment (the 22nd) that limited the President to two terms. Wasn’t that going to solve all of our problems, now that we had finally elected Teh One into office with the SMARTEST ADMINISTRATION EVER !!

dissent555 on September 30, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Why are the Democrats in the US Senate racists?

That’s the only reason I can see from here, not voting for PBHO jobs bill…

Pass it now, or I’m telling AttackWatch and Jeanine whatever her name is… And Letterman, too…

Khun Joe on September 30, 2011 at 12:40 AM

Obama can’t sell his bill to his own party – but he never intended to.

His whole and entire plan was to present a complete crap sandwich – this atrocity makes the Stimulus bill look efficient – that he knew could never pass, and then run against the “do-nothing Republican Congress” like that Truman cracker did.

Never mind the Republicans don’t actually control Congress, or that very few would buy the GOP being responsible for unemployment that was there before they won the House, or that the bill would only make things worse. Obama understands that by now the only people who would even THINK about voting for him are either stupid or parasites living off the government teat already.

But he never thought he would HAVE to convince the Democratic Senate to pass it. He figured the House would jump on it, vote it down, and that would be that. But Boehner is smarter than Obama and half the GOP give him credit for, and is making the Senate take it up FIRST. With 23 Democratic seats up in 2012 (including the two “independents”), that’s a lot of people to ask to vote on hiking taxes in a recessionary environment in an election year.

Heh. Suck on it, Barry.

Adjoran on September 30, 2011 at 12:47 AM

So, we’re not gonna have 100% Democratic senators. That’s why it needs to be bi-partisan and I hope we can find some Republicans who will join us to make it happen.”

Baxter Greene on September 29, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Not to mention that Dick isn’t saying anything about the bleeping filibuster. He’s saying he doesn’t have the votes — the Democratic votes. Despite having four of those to spare.

Just like the good ol’ days of 2009 and 2010: focus on getting your own side to jump off a cliff with you before you start cajoling the (R)s.

HitNRun on September 30, 2011 at 1:19 AM

Just like the good ol’ days of 2009 and 2010: focus on getting your own side to jump off a cliff with you before you start cajoling the (R)s.

HitNRun on September 30, 2011 at 1:19 AM

…Obamacare 2.0…

…….”let’s go democrats…time to fall on the sword for your liberal Messiah.”

Baxter Greene on September 30, 2011 at 1:43 AM

When you are crafting a wedge issue it’s important to remember ITS SUPPOSE TO BE A WEDGE ISSUE. That is, your guys are suppose to jump at the chance to back it and the opposition is suppose to hate it. It’s just not a wedge issue if everyone is against it.

Fred 2 on September 30, 2011 at 2:27 AM

Why doesn’t Durbin just go ask Scott Brown or the Rino chicks to vote for it?

leftnomore on September 30, 2011 at 4:56 AM

Next year when the unemployment gets even worse, Ozero will come out and say it’s the Republican Congress’s fault because THEY didn’t pass the bill.

UnderstandingisPower on September 29, 2011 at 9:55 PM

It’s common knowledge that it was never intended to pass. It’s a campaign issue. The only thing left to be determined is how well it will work. It strikes me as an act of pants-wetting desperation or chutzpah at least to think that the same old tricks will work on a populace that is already Obama-weary. Yes, people are stupid, but are they that stupid?

Extrafishy on September 30, 2011 at 5:35 AM

“The donks…”

Love that one. Gonna appropriate it.

I am not sure about the wedge issue argument; doesn’t strike me as very smart to hoist yourself on your own petard in public view. Makes you look sort of “SOFT,” to use Obama’s own words.

No, I think Obama really wanted to poke the GOP on this issue, but thought maybe he could make it a real fight in the Senate; looks like another fail on his part. What an incompetent loser. Who is advising him on these things?!

The fact that “the Donks” are distancing themselves from this loser means he’s toast; they’re not going down with his titanic.

mountainaires on September 30, 2011 at 7:23 AM

He’s already laying the groundwork to blame this on the republicans:

“… I hope we can find some Republicans who will join us to make it happen.”

Translation: “If it wasnt for the evil republicans who dont care about the unemployed, then we would not need these five caring democrats who are just trying to avoid falling for the evil republican trap intended to unseat them in the next election.”

AverageJoe on September 30, 2011 at 8:40 AM

BO has become the village Nation’s idiot.

David in ATL on September 30, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Let me restate the obvious for all of the liberal trolls….
It’s okay to pass a tax bill when you are not up for re-election, but suddenly the tax increase is forbidden when you are up for re-election.
What part of “representing the people” is it so difficult to understand?…the peoples perception of tax increases doesn’t change, the effect and impact of the price increase doesn’t change, between election years.
This is like saying “The husband isn’t home, so it’s okay to come over and ‘do’ me”…sorry, you are still a hore…

right2bright on September 30, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Hey Dick! HOLD YOUR BREATH until you get the necessary number of votes. …

GarandFan on September 29, 2011 at 10:25 PM

But he’s already blue. If he were holding his breath, how could we tell?

Mary in LA on September 30, 2011 at 12:16 PM