Here come the faux “Conservative” Democrats
With DOOM in November fast approaching, it’s funny seeing Democrats like Gerry Connolly (D-VA) scramble to appear “Conservative”, similar to the ones who just last year wanted to appear “Pro-Life”.
Democratic leaders in Congress still back Obama, but the willingness to raise taxes is waning among the rank and file as the stagnant economy threatens the party’s majority in the House and Senate.
“In my view this is no time to do anything that could be jarring to a fragile recovery,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, a first-term Democrat.
For the first-term Congressman who “rode the Obama wave” in 2008 to suddenly want to not be capsized by the bounce back from that same wave is hardly surprising. What’s going to be funny is how the Pretend Conservative Democrats will reconcile running against Bush, while at the same time supporting his tax cuts;
With the midterm election campaign heating up, a small but growing number of Democrats are joining Republicans in opposing a tax hike for the rich. While the Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders favor extending George W. Bush’s tax cuts for couples making less than $250,000 a year, but letting the breaks expire for wealthier Americans, some moderate Democrats fear a voter backlash. Others say it’s unwise to raise taxes in hard times when we need people to pump money into the economy. Is Obama’s plan to make the wealthy pay more taxes collapsing? (Watch a Fox Business report about Dems and the tax cuts)
Yes, Dems realize Obama’s leading them to disaster: Bush’s tax cuts “sparked” the last “rebound for unemployment,” says Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, and, as Dems belatedly realize, “socking” people with a tax hike now will have the opposite effect. That said, extending Bush’s cuts is tricky for the Democrats — it thwarts their strategy of blaming Bush for everything — but, if they don’t, they’ll trigger another recession.
“How can Dems extend Bush tax cuts while running against Bush?”
Oh yeah, then there’s that One Thing about Bush.