VOTING ON BUDGETS IN THE SENATE?
The Senate Parliamentarian decided that last summer's deal on the debt ceiling and spending caps does not preclude the Senate from taking up other budget resolutions this year. The POLITICO
story says: "The ruling could force vulnerable Democrats to cast tough votes that hurt them in November, a situation Reid and other leaders are eager to avoid as they work to protect their fragile majority." Seriously?! That's NOT the story here. This should not be about election year posturing. This must be about debating America's priorities and then determining how much we are willing to spend on those priorities: Scott Wong for POLITICO: Harry Reid loses procedural ruling on budget vote
WHY LATOURETTE-COOPER FAILED:
"There are only two things in the middle of the road: yellow lines and dead possums," Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) said after the failure of his bipartisan budget plan based on the recommendations of the Bowles-Simpson commission. Grover Norquist and conservative groups like Heritage Action and Club for Growth came out against the plan and pressured Republicans to vote no. Democrats who publicly backed Bowles-Simpson voted no as well. As The New York Times
points out, "Last week’s attacks showed the opposition to any such compromise is far more organized than the forces of conciliation." This must change: Jonathan Weisman for The New York Times: Budget Plan's Defeat Shows Hurdles to Compromise
THE JIG IS UP
for GOP candidates not named Mitt Romney after yesterday's primary wins, Chris Cillizza says. As Romney and President Obama start ramping up their general election attacks, get ready for increased partisan rhetoric and even less talk of problem-solving. We'll be here through all the mudslinging though, acting as a counterweight to the forces of hyper-partisanship: Chris Cillizza for The Washington Post: Mitt Romney's Wisconsin win means the end of the end
STAT OF THE DAY: Appealing to moderates and independents is still the way to win in U.S. politics. Mitt Romney won the Wisconsin primary 42 percent to Rick Santorum's 37 percent. Romney won the moderate vote by seven percentage points over Santorum, a large factor in his victory: Fox News: Fox News Exit Poll
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