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The Do-Nothing Senate Democrats

11:46 AM, Jul 22, 2011 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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The Senate has voted, along party lines, to table the Cut, Cap, and Balance debt ceiling legislation passed by the House. Is that the end of the story?

Harry Reid, Do-Nothing Senate Democrats

It needn’t be. The vote was 51-46. Couldn’t pressure be brought to bear on three Democratic senators to reverse themselves? More likely, couldn’t pressure be brought to bear on the Senate Democrats as a whole to permit votes on amendments to the bill, or to pass something of their own? Do Democrats really want to be the party, that, when faced with a deadline and a crisis, vote to ... table?

As things stand, House Republicans have passed legislation to raise the debt limit and cut spending. Senate Democrats have voted to do nothing.

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