Whatever else you want to say about the omnibus spending bill, from a purely political perspective, it's a pretty amazing example of how out of touch Democrats are with the spirit of the times. A little over a month after they took a "shellacking" at the polls, they decided to introduce a $1.2 trillion spending bill, with thousands of earmarks, including $8 million for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate. It's a rich target for Republicans to show themselves as opposed to government spending at a time when the Democratic strategy was supposed to be about portraying them as fiscal frauds.
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