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October 05, 2011

Pushing a Dead Jobs Bill

Although it is clear that President Obama doesn't have the votes -- either in the House or the Senate -- to pass his American Jobs Act, The Hill notes that this "will not stop Obama from talking about the jobs bill and nothing else" for a while to come.

"That's because the White House hopes the president's steady drumbeat of "pass the bill" can become a rallying cry for his supporters even if it doesn't create a single job... What matters to the White House are the politics of the battle. The president's advisers want to ensure Obama has a vehicle to get him on the right side of the fear and loathing America feels toward Washington... Instead, they know the bill will be broken up, and smaller battles will break out, giving Obama smaller victories that officials hope will add up to a big win next November. But more important than that are the myriad opportunities available this fall and winter for Congress to act like Congress and for Obama to call them out for doing so."

"And while it might seem to Washington like the president is tilting at windmills, the hope in Chicago is that voters want to fight windmills too, and they trust Obama to lead the charge. If that turns out to be the case, then folks in Washington might start wondering about the jobs bill the same way Elvis fans wonder about the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Maybe it's not really dead."


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