Claire McCaskill is savvy to be sure, one of the savviest politicians in the beltway, but oftentimes her desire to placate the voters and her desire to be an Obama rubber stamp are at odds. Politico reports:
McCaskill said Wednesday morning that “people out there” believe the agenda is “going too far, too fast” and that it would be a “huge mistake” for Democrats to force a vote on a new bill in the Senate before the new senator from Massachusetts is seated.
“As I said to somebody last night:, everybody needs to get the Washington wax out of their ears and listen and pay attention that people out there believe that we are going too far, too fast,” McCaskill told POLITICO.
At the same time, however, McCaskill defended the administration’s approach, saying the president inherited an economic recession that he couldn’t resolve with “little itty-bitty baby steps.”
“You take the big things we had to do, as related to the economy, and you combine that with the frustration of the American people and a big health care bill that frankly, because it was big and complicated, it lent itself to this almost virulent misinformation that got out there,” McCaskill said. “The more those seeds planted, the more they flourished in that environment, and I think now we’ve got to hunker down and be realistic about what we can accomplish and certainly realize that if we don’t pay attention to what the voters say in Massachusetts, then I think we do so at the peril of our party’s effectiveness.”
But she added that Obama is keeping his campaign promise by trying to pass a health care bill.
Obama inherited the bad choice of the Wall Street bailout and made it worse by piling on a stimulus, auto bailout, son-of-the-stimulus, the proposed fauxcare legislation, tripled the deficit, and increased unemployment numbers. Let’s not forgot the CBO numbers:
If the Democratic party refuses to listen to voters – which they’ve been doing all summer and fall long – the result is even worse than the obliteration of their party and any remaining credibility, it’s a total demonstration of tyranny, Constitutional disregard, and a lack of representation in congress for the American people.
If they keep moving in such a direction there may very well be a third party to be sure, the specter of which exists but has never been formally recognized: Republicans, Democrats, and socialists.
*Quincy News also reports