Last weekend, the New York Times editorial board unloaded on Senate Democrats for being too politically cowardly to release a budget plan. And now other liberals are echoing this criticism. At the Washington Post today, Dana Milibank noted that “the Democrat-controlled Senate hasn’t passed a budget in 762 days, a new standard for dereliction of duty.”
He also slammed Democrats for playing politics with the deficit:
It is just the sort of thing that offends Americans about Washington: The triumph of tactical advantage over the national interest. Democrats were understandably embarrassed about voting themselves a vacation so soon after abandoning their budget responsibilities. So when Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), the top Republican on the budget committee, demanded a roll-call vote on the recess, Reid used the pro forma loophole.
Milbank isn’t saying anything new here. Senate Republicans have been making these same arguments for weeks. The difference is that Democrats were able to dismiss these attacks when they were coming from the right. Now that they’re coming from the left, it’s not going to be as easy for Sen. Harry Reid to ignore them.