Monday, March 22, 2010

Health Care

I'm actually pretty impressed by health care reform on two counts. First, as I said before, Pelosi isn't all that impressive beyond being an excellent parliamentary apparatchik, but she's accomplished something that puts her high in the running for all-time best parliamentary apparatchik. Second, they knew this was going to cost them their majority and did it anyway. Perhaps they reckoned that because of the economy they were going to lose either way and might as well do something "historic," but it's still impressive because each individual member had to make a decision on this. It's politically stupid, but impressive.

So, we are left with 1) a bill that I'm pretty confident is going to cost a bunch more than the Dems are claiming. 2) Partisanship will only increase. Although, I'm not sure that even if it gets worse that will matter politically or procedurally. Things are pretty bad right now on that score considering that this passed on the backs of Democrats alone. 3) People have seen the sausage being made and wish they hadn't. Approval of congress is at an all-time low. On a related note, I think it was stupid of Obama to say "This is what change looks like" because it looks pretty fucking ugly in a lot of parts. 4) The Democrats have definitely lost my vote for 2010 and, unless they run Palin or something, in 2012 as well.


Anonymous said...


Who is the "they" in that "they" knew it was going to cost them?

Mrs. P

FLG said...

Pelosi and Reid, for two. If Pelosi doesn't realize this will cost her the speakership, then she's dumber than I think she is. Likewise for Reid and his seat, forget the leadership.

George Pal said...

You’ve left out the most impressive thing in the entire matter - open trolling for votes – and the bait shops are far from empty.

Congressional Democrats, having accepted their probable fate, are now in a position to continue selling their vote to Obama for a comfortable government position. We may, after the next national election, have more czars than representatives.

Anonymous said...

The "they" includes Obama.

As for the political costs -they are akin to this bill (which is not reform), in un-chartered waters. But I like this:

The Democrats and the White House are lost in a legislative “fog of war” right now. They are focused on twisting enough arms, offering jobs and negotiating specific “deals” (bribes) to get them to 216 votes. Their attention and energy is focused exclusively on a final vote in the House tonight. No one is looking even one minute beyond that horizon. They are like a general who pours all his reserves into taking a symbolic bridge, never realizing that his lines have already collapsed and his flanks have been turned. They may take the bridge and get to 216 votes. (I’ve learned to never bet against Congressional leadership and an Administration united for a single legislative victory. ) But, they have already lost the war. They have deluded themselves that if they can…just…get…this…bill…passed, the public’s anger and attention will subside, they can put health care ‘behind them’ and they can focus on other ‘popular’ measures that will shore up their election prospects in November.

What they don’t realize is that today’s vote isn’t the end, but just a new beginning in the debate over health care. Buckle up, because if they manage to cobble together enough votes to pass the Senate Health Bill today, we’re set for weeks and perhaps months of a constitutional and political crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen in our lifetimes. . . . A representative democracy cannot long endure a political class that is so out of touch with the populace. In some respects, what happens tonight is almost beside the point. The politics are set. Some Democrats are deluding themselves that they can put this behind them and somehow survive in November. They are most assuredly wrong. -Mike Flynn

Mrs. P

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