Josh Marshall has worked himself into a swivet over whether the Democrats in the House will vote on tax cuts for the middle class without cutting taxes for those who make more than $250K. Perhaps my political instincts (or my give-a-shitter) are irreparably busted, but I fail to see why this one vote will change much of anything in the Fall campaign.
The Democrats are running on a decent, some would say “outstanding” legislative record, which the Democrats call “accomplishments”. Even so, we’re in the middle of a jobless, anemic “recovery”. Fair or not, the “accomplishment” that people want to see is a real recovery, and that’s precisely what hasn’t been accomplished. I doubt that passing one more bill, or a hundred more bills, will move those who are angry about the economy and resolved to vote against the party in power.
I’m not saying the Democrats can do nothing, but getting tied up over whether the House is going to pass another bill that the Senate won’t bother to vote on is simply counterproductive.
Update: The latest AP poll shows that this isn’t a clear-cut win:
More than half the country backs raising taxes on the richest Americans, according to a new Associated Press-GfK Poll. The survey showed that by 54 percent to 44 percent, most people support raising taxes on the highest earners.
In a breakdown of the numbers, 39 percent agree with Obama, while 15 percent favor raising taxes on everyone by allowing the cuts to expire at year’s end. Still, 44 percent say the existing tax cuts should remain in place for everyone, including the wealthy.