Republicans demoralized and dispirited by the party's Congressional no-agenda have Senator Chuck Grassley to thank for making it worse.
Today's Washington Post reports Senator Grassley opposes President Bush's effort to provide tax deductions to help Americans buy private health insurance in exchange for expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
But, according to the Post:
"Grassley said if he were the Democrats, he would send the SCHIP expansion to a vote every three months, along with campaign advertisements accusing Republicans of abandoning children. That way, pressure would mount either on Bush to sign the bill or on House Republicans to override the veto" (emphasis added).
Is Chuck Grassley now a Democratic party strategist? This is something that Carville and Begala would concoct. It's Hillaryism.
The Post further reports:
"Americans United for Change, a group closely allied with the Democratic leadership, will begin airing television ads this week in Kentucky, accusing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of abandoning his state's children."
It reads like an Onion story. A senior Republican and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee encourages Democrats to run against Republicans claiming they're "abandoning children," which is exactly what is happening right now in the home state of his leader.
If there ever was a time for an old-fashioned Lyndon Johnson Senate head-cracking, this is it.