President Obama's jobs bill was sent to Congress with a threat to pass it or prepare to be run "out of town." Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called that bluff with a motion to force a vote on Obama's original jobs package. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., last night triggered a rarely used, and previously denounced, procedure called the "nuclear option" to change Senate rules to prevent Republicans from forcing votes on the president's jobs bill. Why?

Because Reid, McConnell, Democrats and Republicans alike know the president's jobs package will fail. Beneath their political facade, they know that spending more taxpayer money will not create the jobs that the billions of stimulus dollars before it failed to produce. They see it for what it is; a faux offer to be rejected and used to launch Obama's presidential campaign because he has no record to run on.

Gary Petersen