McCAIN STRIKES - AT 8:40 A.M. ET: From The Politico:
Long delayed but not shrunken with time, a nearly $410 billion omnibus spending bill is fast becoming a great bone in the throat for Democrats and the White House, just when each hoped to put the past behind them and move onto President Barack Obama’s new 2010 budget.
Minutes after hitting the Senate floor Monday, the bill touched off a fierce, emotional attack from the president’s old rival, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who lectured Obama for failing to do more to stand up against the thousands of spending earmarks in the 1,132 pages.
At the same time, Democrats admitted privately that the White House itself has hurt their cause by frightening off Republicans, who negotiated the bill in December but are now in “sticker shock” after seeing the full cost of the new president’s agenda.
COMMENT: The White House is oblivious to the fact that 46% of voters cast their ballots for McCain. And there is no indication that the great majority of Americans voted for the kind of crazed spending that we see before us. The Obama honeymoon may soon require marriage counseling.
March 3, 2009