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Retailer pays a price for getting too close to Obama
Topic - Jim Manley
With votes looming to create a special committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks, hold former IRS official Lois G. Lerner in contempt of Congress and demand a special counsel to look into the IRS, House Republicans have created a political minefield for Democrats in tough re-election races.
Long before there was a Sen. Ted Cruz filibustering Obamacare on the Senate floor or a Sen. Rand Paul demanding answers on government drone policy, Sen. Jeff Sessions was holding the Senate floor for hours on end, espousing classic tea party stances against higher spending and expanding presidential powers.
As growing numbers of voters and even some top Republicans in Congress express unhappiness with the tea party after a government shutdown and criticism of the budget deal, progressive liberals like Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are trying to fill a space in the political debate by pushing issues such as income inequality and increasing minimum wage.
In the waning days of the election, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is playing up his bipartisan prowess, wooing voters with the notion that he will be the post-partisan leader that President Obama promised but failed to be.
Since kicking off his re-election campaign last weekend, President Obama has endured a rapid series of stumbles, including a debate on gay marriage initiated by his vice president and an embarrassingly close primary victory over a prison inmate.
It had been a good two weeks for Majority Leader Harry Reid, who used tough parliamentary tactics to push through the Senate three measures, all of which could be described as "jobs bills."
"After congressman Cantor's defeat, it's difficult to imagine much of anything getting done in the House and Senate for the rest of the year, especially when it comes to Cantor's fixes to Obamacare," said Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist and former spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat.
"That's fine because they need to do what they need to do to get re-elected," said Mr. Manley, a former top aide to Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat. "They'll be together on some issues, but on the other issues they are going to continue to try to find ways to differentiate themselves from the White House."