RUSH: Dick Durbin says they don't have the votes for Obama's jobs bill in the Senate. They never were going to have the votes! They don't ever intend to vote on this in the Senate. That's not the point. They don't ever intend to vote on this in the Senate. That's not the point. In fact, Durbin even goes so far -- this is a story out of our blowtorch affiliate Chicago WLS -- goes so far to say that it really is a tax bill.
This is a huge See, I Told You So on several counts. "On Tuesday, President Obama tried to keep pressure on Congress to consider his nearly $450 billion jobs bill, saying it had been two weeks since he sent the bill to Capitol Hill 'and now I want it back. I want it back, passed, so I can sign this bill and start putting people back to work.'" So why have the Democrats delayed action? Well, Bill Cameron, WLS Chicago, reports his own party has delayed action in the Senate, and he talked to Dick Durbin about it, and Durbin told WLS, "The oil-producing state senators don’t like eliminating or reducing the subsidy for oil companies." Really?
You mean to tell me that after all of this hubbub, Obama running around saying we've got to stop subsidizing big oil, that there are some Democrat senators who don't want to get rid of the subsidy. Mary Landrieu first in line, that's right, from Louisiana. Right. And they're never going to vote for a tax increase. "There are some senators who are up for election who say I’m never gonna vote for a tax increase while I’m up for election," said Durbin, "even on the wealthiest people." Whoa, I mean it is a slap-down of major proportions on Chicago radio, Obama's hometown. "So, we’re not gonna have 100% Democratic senators," Durbin said. "That’s why it needs to be bi-partisan and I hope we can find some Republicans who will join us to make it happen."
In other words, we need some political cover for this debacle. Nobody is going to vote for Obama's tax increase bill, which is what Durbin has just essentially admitted it is. Well, with friends like this, you know, Obama needs to start hanging around with Bev Perdue.
RUSH: So anyway, Durbin said the job bills stalled in the Senate, not going anywhere unless there are Republican votes for it. And there aren't going to be any Republican votes for it. There never intended to be any votes on this. This is not intended to pass. It would be a real panic if it did because that's not its intent. It's supposed to sit there and Durbin's playing it right, "Yeah, we can't get any Republican support for this. Can't get any bipartisanship on this. Republicans once again just refusing to cooperate.