Am I dreaming, or am I really seeing what the "news" is today?
RNC Chairman Michael Steele is trying to backpedal from his comments about Rush Limbaugh and Gov. Bobby Jindal. Rush Limbaugh is the titular head of the Republican party.
Are we dumbing things down on purpose, because it is too hard to report on the economy? Do readers not want to hear about it? What is going on?
The stimulus bill got passed and is ready to be signed. The budget proposal has been put forward.
I'm not sure a stimulus bill that the administration and almost everyone in Congress is uncomfortable with is a slam-dunk. Now that the urgency of getting it passed is over, a week or two to read what was in it or hold hearings before it came out of Congress doesn't seem like it would have been such a bad idea.
The budget is hot off the presses, so that has to be absorbed and put through the sausage maker that is Congress. Get ready, Dems. Republicans don't want the focus on their party to be Steele, Limbaugh and infighting. They're going to pick the budget proposal apart.
The politics of the stimulus bill will look like kindergarten compared to this. I worked for a member of the Senate Budget Committee when President Clinton presented his first budget after being elected in 1992. For two years, Democrats held the majority in the White House, House and Senate, and it was that budget that began the development of message unity in the GOP. That message turned into the Contract with America, which helped allow the GOP to win a majority in the House and Senate in the next mid-term election.
In today's market, that's called 2010.