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Outsourcing bill dies a quiet death

With 53 votes, the legislation didn't come close to beating a filibuster. Maybe that's what the Democrats wanted. They get to go home and say "Republicans filibustered a bill to end outsourcing!" In fact, Robert Gibbs tweeted something near to that moments after the vote.

But I await the evidence that this saves even one seat, or changes even one ballot. There's no way it fires up their supporters more than something that actually would have done some good, like a payroll-tax holiday, or Fair Elections Now, or something real on immigration or energy. It isn't a fight that the Republicans are on the wrong side of and that people would actually pay attention to, like the Bush tax cuts. And it made the Democrats' preferred outcome on the Bush tax cuts less likely.

Oh, and it was a bad bill to begin with. All in all, something less than an inspiring finish in the Senate.

By Ezra Klein  | September 28, 2010; 2:02 PM ET
 
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If the Dems actively wanted to lose big in Nov, would they be acting any differently?

This is a serious question.

And DeMint proves that Rand Paul or Angle will be able to shut down the government, single-handedly. And the Dems will let them.

Posted by: AZProgressive | September 28, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Senators Baucus, Tester, Nelson, Liebberman, and Warner -- all Democrats -- voted against cloture. Senator Lincoln, also a Democrat, was absent.

Posted by: rmgregory | September 28, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Democrats don't know how to solve problems.
(Proven with ObamaCare)
Some companies moved to China because they want to Sell to the China market --it makes sense from many standpoints.
Some companies are both manufacturing in the U.S. and also buying some of their products in China; its a mix.
Some companies buy from U.S. companies who buy from China.
Democrats can't solve the outsourcing problem by throwing taxes at it. Its much more complicated than that.
The best thing Democrats can do is cut off their relationship with Unions.
Unions Caused Outsourcing and anyone who's worked in a manufacturing company that was unionized knows this is a FACT.

Posted by: ohioan | September 28, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Ezra,

Didn't you get the memo from Joe Biden? Stop Whining.

Posted by: cummije5 | September 28, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I agree that it was a bad bill to begin with. I disagree with your other claims. This was political theater.

I think a bill which appeals to both hostility to big business and xenaphobia is political dynamite. It makes you and me feel slightly ill, but we aren't typical voters.

I particularly disagree with your proposed cloture vote on cap and trade (always as political theater). I suspect that, although most people support it, single issue voters are against especially including steel workers and coal miners and (some of whom would elect Rand Paul in retaliation).

Also an more evenly divided caucus would be very costly (always as theater) if the motion received fewer than 50 yeahs then the story would be "Democrats in disarray" not "Republicans obstruct."

I have a parody argument (strictly for laughs). How about a bill to reduce agricultural subsidies ? That would be a good bill. But a vote on a cloture motion would be stupid political theater.

Posted by: rjw88 | September 28, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Republicans say that regulation, high taxation and big government force U.S. businesses overseas.

Total nonsense, of course.

If small government, low tax rates and lack of regulation had any meaning for the U.S. business community, it would not be flocking to the highly-regulated, autocratic, bureaucratic, centrally-run and relatively highly-taxed (8% higher than Singapore) Communist state of China.


Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | September 29, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

So, we are "surprised" that the "Corporate Democrats" voted "no"?

To get real "change" Progressives need to support Progressives like Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Nothing will change in D.C. until we send Progressives to D.C.!

Posted by: mikeconville | September 29, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

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