Monday, November 09, 2009

"Pelosi...may well have made the Democrats' larger task harder..."

Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, I really thought that Obamacare Health Care Reform was dead. It's clear that a) the people of this country are fed up with the massive expansion of the government thus far, and the further expansion proposed, by this administration and Congress and b) there are, in fact, electoral prices to be paid. Rather than re-considering, however, the President and the Speaker went into full "damn the torpedos, full speed ahead" mode. And they passed it in the House.

And I started getting very worried. So I liked this post from Yuval Levin, who is more optimistic than I right now.
The trouble for the Democrats is that the Senate was always going to be the more difficult challenge for health care reform—because its members are not as far to the left on the whole, and because its rules require a supermajority and don’t give the majority leadership nearly as much power over the process. Nancy Pelosi has now made it even more difficult. So while the Democrats certainly took a major step on the old “how a bill becomes law” civics textbook diagram last night, it’s not nearly as clear that they made progress in the real world of legislative strategy. Nancy Pelosi made things a little easier on herself and her members by going first, but may well have made the Democrats’ larger task harder.

There's a little more, and it's worth reading...

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