Mean. That’s what Democrats say about Republican efforts to cut spending. They even want to rope in the cowboy poet.
Tales from the Trail
The Tea Party’s November victories and the ensuing Republican drive for spending cuts are in large part the result of a political strategy that focuses tightly on fiscal and economic matters, while minimizing rhetoric on moral questions and social topics. But for how much longer can Republicans keep a lid on the culture war?
UPDATES with Ensign announcement.
At this rate, the Senate will be overrun by freshmen in 2013.
Republican Senator John Ensign, once considered a potential presidential candidate in 2012, said he won’t seek reelection next year.
President Barack Obama said he wants a mature discussion between politicians of all stripes as the White House and members of Congress try to make tough decisions on spending and taxes necessary to run the government and deal with a ballooning budget deficit.
Where’s the love?
Despite all the (whining?) and dining at the White House in the hopes of bipartisanship and civility, Republicans got out the trash-talk for President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget proposal.
House Republican leaders may be concerned about turmoil among newly elected Tea Party colleagues who want bigger spending cuts. But potential Republican White House hopeful Tim Pawlenty sees only good news.