From the study’s introduction:
To keep the U.S. Senate firmly within their clutches, Senate Democrats are playing the blame game again. They have successfully built a narrative – aided and abetted by the establishment media – that “Washington is broken” because Republicans are partisan, intransigent obstructionists.
As the following research study outlines, the current dysfunction that has left “Washington broken” begins and ends with Senate Democrats, specifically Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
Unless you live in a hole or just pay no attention whatsoever to what is going on, you know by now that President Barack Obama kicked-off his reelection campaign this weekend with stops in Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Virginia.
For the first time tonight, in what appears to be a settled field of Republican candidates for the nomination to run as the party’s standard bearer for President, many issues were debated. One of them was education.
A question was posed to Texas Governor Rick Perry about his record on education and recent budget cuts. Perry acquitted himself well, pointing to the fact that companies continue to come to his state to relocate their businesses because there is a strong, well-educated work force.
That is all well and good, but what struck me was the question itself. The implication was – from the pointed bias – that cutting money for education equates to diminished returns on education. Some may believe that America’s education ills are a matter of money. I suggest that it is not.
I just finished a piece on how U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spent her weekend and was turning my attention towards things I actually get paid to do, when I saw this report from Mary Bruce over at ABC News…
“As the debt ceiling stalemate continues, President Obama will take a break from the ongoing deficit negotiations today to focus on the Hispanic community when he addresses the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization.” (Mary Bruce, “The Presidential Planner: Obama Courts Latino Voters,” ABC News, 7/25/11)
Senate Democrats, who have to defend 23 seats in 2012, are taking their reelections very seriously. As Chris Cillizza notes in The Fix this morning, Senate Democrats have already ramped up their own campaign opposition research capabilities.
90% Of Incumbent Senate Democrats Running For Reelection Have Already Hired Research Services. “One Senate Democratic source notes that three top Republican targets -- Tester and Sens. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) -- already have campaign managers in place and roughly 90 percent of all the party's incumbents have hired a research director, a sign of the seriousness with which they are taking their races.” (Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake, “Why No News Is Good News For Democrats’ Senate Majority,” The Washington Post, 2/2/11)