The world turned upside down

Democrats are now going after congressional Republicans for having opposed the "largest tax cut in history" -- the stimulus.

By Alex Koppelman

Published February 23, 2009 4:40PM (EST)

Here's something you don't hear about every day: Democrats attacking Republicans for having voted against a tax cut. That's what the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is doing now, Greg Sargent reports; the DCCC is going after 12 House Republicans with robocalls criticizing the targeted members for voting against the stimulus package and the tax cut included within it.

Via Sargent, the script for one of the calls:

Hello, I’m calling on behalf of House Democrats with an important message about the economy.

Did you know Congressman Pete Sessions voted against President Obama’s economic recovery plan, endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce? Sessions’s empty rhetoric can’t hide that he voted to raise the AMT tax on 22 million middle class Americans and against the largest tax cut in history.

Call Sessions at XXX-XXX-XXXX to ask why he voted to raise taxes on middle class families.

As my friend Steve Benen notes, this line of criticism carries some risks, as Democrats will likely have to vote to raise taxes at some point in the near future. Moreover, the DCCC's claim is at least somewhat debatable.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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