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Dana现在在华盛顿参加我们的节目。

Dana,你知道,你的观点是什么呢?这是不是一个不能再次当选的人都政治剧场?还是人们真的对我们花了不该花的钱越来越愤怒的迹象?

BASH:你知道,Kyra,我认为两者都有。你知道,Bunning提出了一个正当的问题。在财政赤字创纪录的时期,在福利和其他项目方面花费100亿美元,这是每个人都希望的,这有什么问题呢?

但是你知道,民主党说,他们不同意。他们认为,这是紧急支出,不应该进行偿付。他们认为,这是根本性的分歧。

但是这里有一个我们不能忽视的政治陪衬情节。也就是,肯塔基州共和党参议员Jim Bunning和他的共和党领导人以及共和党领袖Mitch McConnell 之间的关系不怎么好,正是Mitch McConnell迫使Jim Bunning从参议院退休,而不是在今年竞选连任。

所以,McConnell实际上不支持Bunning,出于各种各样的原因,其他参议员也都不支持他。所以,这就是他们让Bunning放弃自己的立场如此困难的原因。

现在,你或许会问,难道他们不能绕过Bunning,启动参议院程序通过这些福利措施吗?答案是肯定的,他们可以。但是民主党知道,他们现在有了一个好的政治问题。

最根本的来说,他们表示近期没有这样做的计划。本周末或者下周他们可能会这样做,作为更大的计划的一部分。但是目前来说,他们认为自己已经取得了政治性的胜利。

PHILLIPS:好的,非常感谢Dana Bash。

Dana joins us now live from Washington.

So, Dana, you know, what is your take here? Is this typical political theater of someone's who's not going to be re-elected? Or is it a true sign of growing rage over the fact that we're spending money that we don't have?

BASH: You know, Kyra, I actually think it may be a little bit of both. You know Bunning is raising a legitimate question. In a time of record deficits, what's wrong with paying for $10 billion in benefits and programs that everybody says that they want?

But you know Democrats are saying -- that they disagree. That they think that this is emergency spending that is not needed to be paid for. They say it's just a fundamental disagreement on that.

But there is a political subplot here that we simply can't ignore. And that is that Jim Bunning, a Republican from Kentucky, has an awful relationship with his Republican leadership, and his fellow Kentuckian, the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell -- he is somebody who really pushed Jim Bunning to retire from the Senate instead of run for re-election this year.

So McConnell has virtually no leverage with Bunning and really no senators do here for various reasons. And so that's why it's hard for them to get Bunning to back down.

Now you might ask on the substance, well, can't they just work around Bunning and pass these benefits, you know, using Senate procedure? The answer is yes, they can, but Democrats know that they have a good political issue right now.

So talking to sources, they say they have no plans to do that in the immediate future. They'll do it probably at the end of this week, maybe next week as part of a larger package, but right now they think that they have a political winner here.

PHILLIPS: All right. Dana Bash, appreciate it.

 


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