As we learned yesterday, 15 Democratic senators launched a "Moderate Dems Working Group" under the leadership of Senators Evan Bayh (IN), Tom Carper (DE), and Blanche Lincoln (AR). If these people hold together, they could create a power group that could force the administration to pursue more pragmatic legislation.Let's hope they are successful, or we will all be the worse off.
P.S. Their move may have something to do with this:
Perhaps they don't want to just trust in their "leadership" to come clean with the American people:
Fifty percent (50%) of U.S. voters now say they are more worried that the government will do too much in reacting to the nation’s economic problems rather than not enough. That’s a seven-point jump from a month ago and the highest level of concern in this direction since Election Day.
Forty percent (40%) are more concerned that the government will not do enough, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Most investors (53%) worry that the government will do too much, while non-investors are evenly divided in their concerns.
-- Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL): "I am going to be voting with the faith that this new administration, with new leadership and new eyes and new vision and new values, will invest this money properly so that we can turn this economy around and build a strong American future." (Congressional Record, 1/15/2009)More: Roskam rips Congress passage of the porkulus bill, which included the AIG bonus language: Oh, but David Axelrod says people don't care about this mess:
"People are not sitting around their kitchen tables thinking about AIG," Axelrod said. "They are thinking about their own jobs."Really? Really?