That appears to be the tactic the Democrats are taking against the Republicans. I don’t think it will stick, but it does show their desperation. Here’s Jake Tapper, ABC White House reporter:
Some very harsh words for the Republican Congress were emailed to Obama supporters this afternoon by Obama 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina.
Regarding tonight’s Senate vote, Messina emailed that “Senate Republicans want to block” the bill — not because they have an economic plan but because of their political strategy.
“Their strategy is to suffocate the economy for the sake of what they think will be a political victory,” Messina wrote. “They think that the more folks see Washington taking no action to create jobs, the better their chances in the next election. So they’re doing everything in their power to make sure nothing gets done.”
Not quite in keeping with the president’s post-Tucson plea for a new tone, but we’re probably way past that.
The Republicans object to wasting money we don’t have to do something that won’t help. But the Democrats are losing the argument. And if you can’t refute the argument, the next best step is to make up an evil motivation for your opponent. Because all my friends on the left think that spending $475B we don’t have will create lots of jobs. Just look how well the last time worked: