LAMAR ALEXANDER has been targeted by the White House, and he’s not happy about it. With a vote on the “Buffett rule’’ scheduled for Monday, the senator from Tennessee was one of a handful of Republicans the White House thought it could squeeze by cranking up the political rhetoric surrounding the proposed millionaires’ tax. It didn’t take long for Alexander to shoot back, labeling the move “a cynical smokescreen.’’
Given that the procedural maneuver is destined to fail, it’s all that and more. The effort reveals a president hell bent on reelection, determined to avoid any substantive issues, and offending the very type of leader that he claims America needs - and that he wishes he were.