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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, November 09, 2009

Pelosi's role

One of the reasons that the House vote on healthcare was so tight was that it was House Democrats' job to pass the furthest "left" thing they could get the votes for so that when it meets the watered down Senate bill in the reconciliation process, the House bill will allow the conference to pull left of what can get through a Senate filibuster.

Finding 50 votes for a "leftish" reconciled healthcare bill in the Senate is a whole lot easier than finding 60.

(And I accept that the bills being discussed aren't "leftish." I'm using that as a relative, not absolute, term.)


  • It reminds me of the stories of B'rer Rabbit and Tar Baby and the Briar Patch : 'Don't throw me in there' !
    Single-payer delegates didn't get to see the President while lobbyists had free access. What part of that doesn't shriek 'RipOff' : which is what Kucinich is saying.

    By Blogger opit, at 10:17 PM  

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