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Sunday: March 21, 2010

Is It Really Over?

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Now that Stupak has apparently caved, everyone, right and left, seems to be assuming that Obama’s health care monstrosity will pass the House in the next couple of hours. Are we so sure? What if there really are enough Democrats opposed to it to kill it? They would have a strong incentive to pretend otherwise. If they all tell Pelosi the truth about how they plan to vote, she will delay the vote and keep on pressuring and nagging and harassing and threatening and attempting to bribe them for days or weeks or months, and so will the demonstrators on the other side (but without the bribes), making their lives a living Hell. The only way to end the ordeal is to convince Pelosi she’ll win so she holds the vote tonight. I won’t say it’s probable, but it’s certainly possible that a few anti-HCR Democrats are lying to Pelosi, or slyly misleading her, so they can finally get the voting over with and kill the bill tonight. They could always claim afterwards that they were quite sincere ‘yes’ votes the last time they talked to her but their wives or grandmothers or bishops – maybe even their constituents! – changed their minds between then and when they actually cast their votes. They could even plausibly claim that the horror of the whole degrading spectacle finally got to them and they suddenly asked themselves “What the Hell am I doing voting for this evil monstrosity?” (the bill, I mean, not Pelosi).

We can always hope. Polls have been wrong before.

Update: (11:00 pm)

Well, so much for slim hopes. The monstrous bill passed 219-212. Now it’s time to think about minimizing the damage and planning how to repair it. I wonder if Bart Stupak knows that he will be listed in history books in the same class as Smoot and Hawley? Or perhaps in a worse class, since as far as I know they were well-intentioned but ignorant and incompetent, whereas he must surely know that what he just did was profoundly evil as well as stupid.

7 Comments »

  1. Now THAT’s comedy.

    Imagine it … Congressmen with strategy skills.

    I’m rolling on the floor laughing.

    Comment by someguy — Sunday: March 21, 2010 @ 7:00 PM UTC

  2. I was thinking the same thing about Stupak. Either that, or he was so easily duped and should be retired in November.

    Comment by Mader — Sunday: March 21, 2010 @ 7:02 PM UTC

  3. From your mouth to Gods ear.

    Comment by EZnSF — Sunday: March 21, 2010 @ 7:03 PM UTC

  4. Wish it were so, but the odds seems out of this world. Such Dems would have had to remain out of the limelight and bluffing for the past 9 months and not successfully identified by House leadership. Or they have had to had a change of heart over the past few days, in secret. I think this is a clarifying moment for everyone involved.

    Comment by hoipolloi — Sunday: March 21, 2010 @ 8:24 PM UTC

  5. Awesome. Extreme optimism on a dark day is much appreciated.

    Well done.

    Comment by Rosetta — Sunday: March 21, 2010 @ 8:56 PM UTC

  6. “Congressmen with strategy skills.”

    Actually, yes.

    While these Democrats will pay a price, this bill will enslave generations to the Democratic Party, ensuring Leftist control of Congress for decades. Our congress-critters are selling us out, some by suicide attack. I’m sure they’ll be taken care for the rest of their lives, with our tax dollars. A few million here, a few million there.

    The irony is that the we fund the bribes used to oppress us.

    Comment by Fen — Sunday: March 21, 2010 @ 9:19 PM UTC

  7. Just watching out for his constituents… dated 3/19 from Stupak’s House Site… $726K for three airports in his district. Meh, probably just a coincidence.

    http://www.house.gov/apps/list/speech/mi01_stupak/morenews/20100319faagrant.html

    Comment by Randazzo the Magnificent — Sunday: March 21, 2010 @ 10:13 PM UTC

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