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“We’ll either bring down the whole bill, or we’ll punch big holes in it.”
Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R- Texas)
…commenting on the Reconciliation Bill about to come up in the Senate to fix things in the Health Care Bill passed by the House.
Is it bluff or planned out? We’ll see.
Conservative analyst (and former Bush staffer) David Frum (http://www.frumforum.com) has summed up his party’s loss on the Health Care bill in this essay… and it really should be read. The lack of bi-partisanship by the Republican Congressmen and the effects of the Conservative media really worked against them.
By rejecting any deal with President Obama over health reform, conservatives and Republicans set the stage for their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s.
It’s hard to exaggerate the magnitude of the disaster. Conservatives may cheer themselves that they’ll compensate for today’s expected vote with a big win in the November 2010 elections.
No illusions please: This bill will not be repealed. Even if Republicans scored a 1994 style landslide in November, how many votes could we muster to re-open the “doughnut hole” and charge seniors more for prescription drugs? How many votes to re-allow insurers to rescind policies when they discover a pre-existing condition? How many votes to banish 25 year olds from their parents’ insurance coverage? And even if the votes were there – would President Obama sign such a repeal?
We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat.
There were leaders who knew better, who would have liked to deal. But they were trapped. Conservative talkers on Fox and talk radio had whipped the Republican voting base into such a frenzy that deal-making was rendered impossible. How do you negotiate with somebody who wants to murder your grandmother? Or – more exactly – with somebody whom your voters have been persuaded to believe wants to murder their grandmother?
I’ve been on a soapbox for months now about the harm that our overheated talk is doing to us. Yes it mobilizes supporters – but by mobilizing them with hysterical accusations and pseudo-information, overheated talk has made it impossible for representatives to represent and elected leaders to lead. The real leaders are on TV and radio, and they have very different imperatives from people in government. Talk radio thrives on confrontation and recrimination. When Rush Limbaugh said that he wanted President Obama to fail, he was intelligently explaining his own interests. What he omitted to say – but what is equally true – is that he also wants Republicans to fail. If Republicans succeed – if they govern successfully in office and negotiate attractive compromises out of office – Rush’s listeners get less angry. And if they are less angry, they listen to the radio less, and hear fewer ads for Sleepnumber beds.
So today’s defeat for free-market economics and Republican values is a huge win for the conservative entertainment industry. Their listeners and viewers will now be even more enraged, even more frustrated, even more disappointed in everybody except the responsibility-free talkers on television and radio. For them, it’s mission accomplished. For the cause they purport to represent, it’s Waterloo all right: ours.
My guess is that he is standing out on a terrace balcony looking toward the East and the rising sun which is about to come up and expecting to see the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse come riding over the clouds toward America. I have to assume he actually believes that we are doomed… that we’re going to end up sinking into Hellfires as we see Socialists taking over every part of our lives.
“Shame on us. Shame on this body,” said Boehner last night. Of course I wonder what he will be ashamed of. Ashamed of not working with the Democrats to bring solutions to the National Health Care situation? I don’t see it. He wasn’t working with the Democrats because he and Mitch McConnell decided a year ago to do NOTHING to work together with the Majority.
I guess Boehner will get back to work when the world doesn’t end today. I’m sure his constituents hope he does.
A bill making changes to the health-care overhaul cleared the House of Representatives on Sunday night after 11:45 PM by a vote of 220-211.
House lawmakers approved the Reconciliation Bill after approving the original Senate health bill and sending it to President Barack Obama to sign.
Among the changes are an expansion of subsidies to buy insurance and a delay in a tax on high-value health plans.
Harry Reid says they will get it through this week… and, of course, the Republicans are already setting up to defeat it. At this point I wonder if they can.