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Centrist Dems Start Rebelling on Obama's Spending Plans

The omnibus debate is not merely a battle over last year's unfinished business, but the first indication of how we will shape our fiscal future. Spending should be held in check before taxes are raised, even on the wealthy. Most people are willing to do their duty by paying taxes, but they want to know that their money is going toward important priorities and won't be wasted.

Does that fiscal-discipline argument against the spending bill sound familiar? Ah, right, House Republicans made it last week. Also, could someone remind Bayh that he voted against the Bush tax cuts that he's now unwilling to see expire?

Late Update: You could've seen this coming, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was so pleased with Bayh's op-ed that he formally inserted it into the Congressional Record this morning. From McConnell's speech:

As the junior senator from Indiana put it this morning in an insightful Op-Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, this bill was drafted last year, and 'Since then, economic and fiscal circumstances have changed dramatically which is why' -- as he put it -- 'the Senate should go back to the drawing board.'