By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
It's not rare for a handful of members of Congress to turn on a president of the same party during an off-presidential election year, especially when that president's poll numbers are low. But the vehemence with which some Democrats are separating themselves from the president's budget this year strikes me as a bit over the top. Republicans didn't even run this far from former President George W. Bush in 2006, despite their party's alleged reputation for fiscal restraint and the extent to which Mr. Bush went to destroy that reputation.
A Democratic Senate candidate in Missouri denounced the budget's sky-high deficit. A Florida Democrat whose congressional district includes the Kennedy Space Center hit the roof over NASA budget cuts. And a headline on the 2010 campaign website of Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) blares her opposition to Obama's farm budget: "Blanche stands up for Arkansas farm families."
This shows clearly that conservative Democrats have gotten the message from their constituents that Obama-style overspending has got to stop. The president keeps trying to get Republicans to give ground on budgetary issues. It seems that during this election season, he may have a harder time getting his own partisans to stand with him and not against him.