A friend passes along on an odd message sent to constituents and supporters of Sen.-elect Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). Kirk talks about the impending expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, and essentially makes the case for why some kind of deal extending them is necessary: “After a long debate, the President and Congressional leaders proposed bipartisan legislation to ensure the U.S. economy does not suffer a $4 trillion tax-hike shock and risk starting another recession.”
The Kirk missive then takes a less decisive turn: “Tell Me What You Think. Should Congress enact the bipartisan tax bill proposed by President Obama and Senate leaders?” The options are yes, no, and I don’t know. The incoming senator concludes: “I will tell you where I stand when I hear from you.”
It’s probably no more than an exercise in making constituents feel like he cares about their opinions, with the possible benefit of beefing up their mailing lists. But it doesn’t read like Profiles in Courage.