And I wish them joy of the attempt. The Hill, musing on why beleaguered Montana Senator Jon Tester opposes Obama’s latest attempt to be relevant on job creation:
…those facing tough reelection fights will smell the same danger Tester has: that President Obama’s latest jobs bill is less a real jobs program with any chance of passage than a reelection strategy that could end up pushing Obama’s remaining congressional majority – the Democrat-held Senate – over a cliff.
House Democrats fell into this trap in 2010: putting their careers on the line for Obama initiatives like “cap and trade” that had no chance of becoming law. One term later, Senate Democrats are poised to do the same for a stimulus and tax plan that has no chance of becoming law – but serves up a useful sound bite for a president “running against Congress.”
(Via Instapundit) Frankly, Senate Democrats might as well line up behind Obama’s plan: it’s not like doing otherwise will save them. Tester, both Nelsons, McCaskill, and Manchin are in serious trouble this cycle. Heck, Casey, Stabenow, and Brown of Ohio aren’t exactly sitting pretty right now, either? And that’s not even bringing up the half dozen Democrats who are retiring, thus making most of those seats prime pickup territory. Under the circumstances, well, show some party loyalty. Maybe it’ll get you a nice lobbying job in 2013.
Or not. Either way, to dispute the Hill story title: Tester isn’t the canary. The canaries were Jimmy Webb of Virginia and Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, both of whom have already looked at the map of 2012 and decided that it just wasn’t worth the aggravation…