The budget battle is still being fought, the government is on the verge of a potential shut down, and some at risk Democratic senators think that this is an excellent time to try to score some political points by distancing themselves from their party and president by playing the “moderate” card.
Via The Hill:
Sen. Claire McCaskill said Wednesday that she’ll vote against her party’s deficit reduction plan when it comes up for a vote today.
McCaskill, the centrist Missouri Democrat who faces a tough 2012 reelection battle, said she’ll vote for neither the Republican nor the Democratic plan today.
The Republican plan, which passed the House and would cut $57 billion the rest of this fiscal year, “represents the wrong priorities,” McCaskill said in a conference call with Missouri reporters.
“On the other hand, I believe the Democratic proposal also falls short, because the cuts are not substantial enough,” McCaskill added. “They represent another $6.5 on top of the $4 billion we’ve already cut, and I think we need to do more [...] the Democratic proposal falls short.”
Freshman Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Professional Partyline Straddler Ben Nelson of Nebraska have also both come out saying they are rejecting all plans currently on the table as a way to assert their independence to their constituents. Of course, many of their constituents would also probably like to see a budget pass at some point, too, rather than just political showmanship.