A lot of readers see what Collins, Nelson, Specter et al. are doing in the worst light. Nelson as a turncoat. And Collins, Snowe and Specter diluting the Stimulus Bill to no good end. On the policy merits, I completely agree. As many others with greater grasps of the budgetary and economics particulars have argued, the list of cuts they’ve pushed through follow no coherent approach to the package — and build up the least effective parts of the package at the expense of the most. They follow a logic of political grandstanding.
But one of the biggest outside, labor-liberal groups pushing this bill, Americans United for Change, is out in these states running new ads this weekend in support of Collins, Specter, Snowe and Nelson.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.