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.
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
Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You
Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political
management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from
both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public
policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country,
including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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