The Democratic National Committee is running ads in New Hampshire touting President Barack Obama’s so-called jobs bill. State Democratic Chairman Ray Buckley has attacked Republican office holders for opposing it. Even the White House itself is claiming Obama’s latest stimulus plan would create 5,000 jobs in the Granite State.
So why is the lone Democrat in New Hampshire’s federal delegation avoiding it like the plague?
Democratic U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen has thus far refused to sign on to the bill in the Senate, which has only one sponsor, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). She has also been conspicuously silent on the matter, refusing to say one way or the other if she supports the package that includes a mix of additional government spending and higher taxes on job creators.
Republicans in the Senate are eager to force a vote on the issue. They believe Shaheen and most other Democrats would vote against the measure in an act of self-preservation and thereby embarrass the president of their own party. Perhaps fearing the same thing, Sen. Reid has resisted bringing the bill up for debate and a vote in the Senate.
President Obama’s first stimulus plan that passed in 2009, which Shaheen supported, failed to create anything close to its promised number of jobs. Perhaps, stinging from that memory, it appears Senate Democrats are scrambling to rewrite the President’s plan in hopes of gaining the unity in the ranks that is clearly not present today.
Surprisingly, the punchless New Hampshire Republican State Committee has failed to make an issue of the widening chasm between Obama and Shaheen on the issue of taxes and job creation.