Evan Bayh’s new gang targets Obama agenda...things are going to get toastier for Obama now that Dems are even starting to see what his agenda is like

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    Mar 18, 2009 9:09 PM GMT

    Republicans aren’t the only people growing disenchanted by Hope and Change through Incompetence, it seems. Evan Bayh, who got passed over as Obama’s running mate, has formed a new Gang of 15 in the Senate, only this gang is exclusively Democrats. They want to put some speed limits on Obama’s agenda:

    There is rising doubt among Democrats — particularly moderates already concerned about the big costs and deficits called for in Obama’s budget — that either Obama or Washington have enough bandwidth this year to stimulate the economy, overhaul the failed financial sector and move on to a far-reaching domestic agenda.

    “From the standpoint of the Congress, there’s only so much that we can absorb and do at one time,” Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, told POLITICO Tuesday. “To maintain a schedule like the one we’ve got at this moment, throughout the year, I don’t know if it will be healthy.”

    Democrats’ comments were muted, with few directly criticizing Obama for being too ambitious. But several lawmakers made clear that they have trouble with Obama’s logic that deep economic troubles make it more urgent, not less, to take on expensive projects such as health care and education reform.

    “Everybody has to bring something to the table,” said Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, a leader of a 15-member caucus of conservative and centrist Democrats. “That doesn’t mean that you have to postpone your aspirations forever. But until we’re through this crisis and growth has resumed, there’s going to be some belt-tightening that’s necessary.”

    These doubts reflect conflicting currents in Obama’s political circumstances just 60 days into his administration.

    Bayh launched this effort on MS-NBC’s Morning Joe program this morning, telling viewers that concerns have risen about the direction of the administration already. Coming from Obama’s own party, that’s remarkable in a couple of ways. First, Democrats have near-total control already of the process, and have already found enough Republicans to get around any procedural roadblocks. They don’t need to do any outreach to the Republicans or centrists in order to get their agenda through Congress.

    Even more surprising is the timing. The media has engaged in a little self-flaggelation for not giving Obama the supposedly traditional 100 days to demonstrate competence and fully shape the agenda. Now, even Obama’s own party has called off the honeymoon. Bayh and his fellow gang members have seen enough already to set off the alarm bells.

    This will make it much more difficult for Obama to sell himself as a moderate, both in the midterms and in 2012. When one’s own party has to have its moderates differentiate themselves from White House policy, it makes the President look extremist and intemperate. Bayh will also force the media to cover that angle, where (as with the Hamilton appointment) they might prefer to parrot the administration’s self-congratulatory messages of their own moderation.

    Perhaps Obama should have selected Bayh for his running mate after all. It didn’t make a difference in the last election, but it might make a difference in the next.
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    Mar 18, 2009 10:53 PM GMT
    jprichva saidOh good, I finally get to try out that new blocking feature.

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  • dantoujours

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    Mar 18, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    Never heard of hotair.com so I had to google what it was:

    Hotair.com is a website designed to bring you the latest news from conservative news agencies. The site was created in response to the many liberal media outlets that have been forming lately. All the news are featured in a way that points out their government friendly stance. There is no way that you could take these news seriously.

    Soooo it's another right-wing propaganda site. Yawn.
  • t0theheights

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    Mar 18, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    Some cautious Democrats say that in pursuing such an ambitious agenda as Obama's in these troubled times we have to be... cautious. And? I don't see what the story is here, other than the usual tactic of republicans desperately creating illusory mud to sling at Obama. The fact that there's no real mud for them to sling makes them crazy, so as usual they resort to lies and half-truths in an effort to make him look bad. Pathetic.
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    Mar 18, 2009 10:59 PM GMT
    bah, must be the helium
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    Mar 19, 2009 9:28 AM GMT
    Obama has been in power for 57 days? I think every American citizen that knows something about the way Government finances work has concerns about the ballooning budget deficits going forward. Heck I have concerns and I am not a citizen (mainly concerned about his assumptions of economic growth in his budget).

    However, considering the uniqueness of the situation the President's options are not very attractive. This is not like the recession of 1990-91 or the mini-recession of 2001, it is closer to the major recession of 1929-30.

    Let us see how the stimulus package works, then re-group in 12 months and start criticizing if we have to.
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    Mar 19, 2009 1:50 PM GMT
    Why is it that when a new policy in Iraq was desperately needed the right asked us to wait just a little bit longer, a little longer still, give us another year, wait until General Patraus testimony before congress in September. But now those same people aren't even giving Obama two months to fix the biggest economic crisis since the great depression.
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    Mar 19, 2009 2:01 PM GMT
    I think the websight's name was it all "HOTAIR.com"....I think the OP and the websight are full of it.
  • DiverScience

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    Mar 19, 2009 2:26 PM GMT
    Bayh is about moderate the same way I'm conservative.