Hairy Reed is accusing Senate Republicans of grandstanding by trying to force a Senate vote on the repeal of Obamacare. Both Republicans and Reed are sure that the repeal won’t make it through the Senate. Republicans are accusing the Mangy Mormon Majority Majordomo of playing politics by trying to stifle an up or down vote on the issue.
Of course, the Republicans are playing politics too and everyone with half a brain cell knows what both sides are trying to do.
The MMMM (D) doesn’t want Democrat senators up for election in 2012 to have to register a vote about Obamacare. He’s afraid many of them, not enough to pass repeal, will defect in deference to voters. A vote will give huge momentum to Obamacare repeal by making everyone show their cards. The Senate vote on this is not meaningless at all. Even if repeal is a sure loser in the Senate, the vote makes a major difference.
The Republicans want politicians to go on the record today about Obamacare in front of voters. Democrats want to hide their position from voters.
Fine, both sides are playing politics. Forget how you feel about Obamacare. Do you prefer your elected congresscritters be straight with you or not, on whatever issue? Obviously, the Democrats are holding the slimeball here.
And the Democrats will probably win this political fight, and I’m glad. It shows they still think they have reality-distortion powers–they’re fighting so hard because they think Establishment stifling still works.
Every Democrat up for election will sooner or later have to give a convincing answer about Obamacare, and a tap dance in a town hall will be considered being in favor of it.
Being able to point to a Senate vote against Obamacare would have settled the issue. Vulnerable Democrats up for election in 2012 who favor Obamacare should have been given permission to vote against it to secure their seats. Pelosi gave her orcs this permission, which is the only thing that kept her from losing 80 seats instead of 60.
Despite the corrupt legacy media’s spin on it, Obamacare is on its last legs and the Democrats are throwing Hail Mary after Hail Mary. The state lawsuits against the mandate are likely to succeed, and even Democrats admit this is the linchpin that, if pulled, collapses Obamacare. The majority of Americans are insured, and the majority of insured Americans already saw their employers screw with their insurance this year in anticipation of what’s coming in 2014. You have to be a complete dumbass to believe anymore that “you can keep your plan if you want it.” The majority of Americans know that they’re being inexorably pushed toward the rotating knives of government health care and that more is going to come out of their pockets to insure the irresponsible and illegal. So far, the change has just been that most people are paying a bit more this year. Wait till service levels start to drop as out-of-pocket costs continue to rise.
The Democrats shoved Obamacare up our asses with ridiculous parliamentary tricks and are trying to save it with the same. Their hubris will be rewarded. Obamacare will be AlbatrossCare for them for a decade or more unless they allow repeal. Obamacare will be dismantled, all at once or over time. The longer it takes, the worse for the Democrat Party.