Ezra Klein rightly castigates Democrats for completely surrendering to Republicans on the sequestration. Klein points out that by voting last week vote to exempt the FAA from across-the-board budgets cuts, Democrats threw away their one bargaining chip that might have enabled them to replace the sequestration with something more sensible. But because Dems couldn’t stomach the thought of taking a little flak for flight delays, other people who don’t have frequent flyer cards will continue to suffer. Other people who may have never stepped foot in an airport will continue to have their housing vouchers revoked. Other people who don’t have the money for a plane ticket will continue to have their unemployment benefits cut.
But our elected officials will move heaven and earth for lobbyists and corporate executives who bitch about being stuck on the tarmac for an hour.
Perhaps Obama and Democrats are playing some long game that I don’t have the political acumen to understand. Perhaps they really aren’t the cowards they seem to be.