Just received this e-mailed statement from Sherrod’s campaign committee (generally sent out, not in response to our previous post):
We fought back against extending the Bush tax cuts for the super-wealthy because we knew it was wrong to exacerbate our deficit crisis on behalf of millionaires and billionaires when working Ohioans were struggling.
We fought back against President Obama’s agreement to include those tax breaks in his compromise plan because we know it was wrong to hold help for the middle class and small businesses hostage to such a wasteful giveaway.
We fought hard, and I’m proud of our stand. From joining my colleague Bernie Sanders’ filibuster to accumulating more than 20,000 signatures on our open letter to the President to offering my own middle-class tax cut plan, I know that we made our voices heard.
Unfortunately, in the end, we had to choose between a bad deal and no deal at all. And as much as I disagreed with the Republican tax cuts for the rich–and President Obama’s decision to include them in the compromise–I had to cast a tough vote in favor of the plan so that working families don’t see their taxes go up or their unemployment benefits cut off.
Two years from now, Republicans will once again try to force another extension of their millionaire bailout. President Obama will once again have to decide whether to cave in to their demand in order to pass critical economic assistance for working people. And next time, we can’t just fight hard–we have to win the fight.
As we’ve learned this fall, that’s a tough fight, and I’m going to need you on my side. And I can’t thank you enough for standing with me.
I don’t get it. I’m sorry. Did Sherrod think there was any real chance of a different outcome? If not, why all the theatrics of opposing this only to vote for it? Regardless of how you feel about the issue, you can’t help but see this as a communication blunder by Sherrod’s office. He winds up literally debating himself publicly.
I’ll say this. I’m amazing, with almost envy, how much 40 Republicans in the Senate can get done than 60 Democrats can. I don’t seem to remember a Democratic minority in the Senate being as effective as Mitch McConnell has been.