While they have clear majorities in both the House and Senate, the Republicans must still lure a few Democrats over to the dark side in order to carry out their Social Security looting agenda. From Salon (subscription required):
Congressional Republicans seeking Democratic support for Bush’s plan were set back Tuesday when a Tennessee lawmaker they had hoped to woo firmly shut the door to the overhaul.
“I do believe that the system needs to be reformed but I do not support changing the Social Security system as President Bush has proposed,” said Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn.
Ford, in his statement, said he opposed borrowing to pay for the estimated $2 trillion in transition costs to fund the accounts, which the White House is likely to propose. Supporters of Bush’s idea had hoped Ford would join their side on Social Security as he explores a Senate run for 2006.
Readers of this blog will remember that the effort to put pressure on the wobbily Ford began here. Without his support, it appears BushCo. is having a hard time mustering even a tiny Coalition of the Democratic Willing. I feel a little bad, because since that time Ford has been piloried relentlessly by virtually everyone, frequently for stuff he didn’t even do, but his fate at the hands of the blogosphere is evidently serving as a cautionary tale for any Democrat thinking of selling out Granny in a deal with the Devil.
We don’t make a dime from this stuff, folks. But we do make a difference. The joy I get thinking we played some little part in putting a crimp in the dastardly plans of the evil Chimp is…well, indescribable. I have visions of him spinning dervish-like with unquenchable rage, plunging his foot through the floor in a Rumplestiltskin-esque riot of temper…
Okay. Time to lay off the Mountain Dew.