A piece on The Hill today speculates on White House maneuvering setting the stage to use reconciliation to pass Obamacare. From Sam Youngman: (emphasis mine throughout)
“By offering Republicans olive branches during his address to Congress on Wednesday, Obama has set up a win-win situation. If GOP lawmakers embrace compromise, a healthcare bill would pass Congress easily. But the more likely scenario is that Republicans will continue to oppose Obama’s plan, and the president later this fall will be able to note he tried to strike a deal with the GOP but could not. That will set up a Democratic argument that Senate leaders have been forced to use a partisan budget tool known as reconciliation to pass a health bill through the Senate by a simple majority, instead of 60 votes. Under the budget plan they passed earlier this year, Democrats could invoke the reconciliation process on Oct. 15.”
As Obama preps the battlefield calling for action…
“The time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action.”
Senior Administration officials begin to manufacture the crisis…
“I think getting something done is paramount here. We want to bring along everyone who’s willing to come with us, but the fact that not everyone is willing to come with us is not an excuse to fail in dealing with what is really a fundamental issue that has to be done.”
The lefts intimacy, history and reliance on astroturfed protests does not allow them to believe that the American people’s indignation is real, its Glenn Beck, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, someone manufacturing this discontent. It is that incapacity to believe the American people can look to something beyond their next government handout that makes them believe they can force Obamacare down our throats. The people in DC today and the people who have been filling Town Halls across the Country won’t stand for it.
Russian Roulette is played with a revolver, Obama, Rhambo, Pelosi and Reid don’t realize they are loading a semi auto. Once you spin the cylinder, a revolver offers an 83% chance for survival. The semi auto? Go ahead, pull the slide back, lock and load…
…your odds aren’t quite so good.
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