Your problem with health care reform in the Senate, is that Blue Dog cock blocking senators know that they have to essentially vote themselves out of office if they cast a vote for a government plan. They know that Nanny Pelosi led her party over a cliff with that vote. You guys should be gloating yet you are whining about all the things that can go wrong. That’s because you know in your heart this is shit legislation. And let the Senate debate go on for a couple months, everyone will become fully aware of what’s actually in the bill and when that happens there will be a fecal fan moment. In hopes to avoid the chance that fence-sitting senators will change their minds after a couple weeks of hearing from constituents back home, BO wants this thing passed before winter break. BO has become a handicap for many of the Dem senators that worry about re-election next year. Even though there are only 40 Republicans, they are preparing a strong amendment strategy to overwhelm Democrats, forcing them to confront every aspect of the bill. After Stupak amendment split the House Dems, Senate Reps predict the same fight among Senate Dems. The public option is included, they won’t get support for the bill from Liebreman, leaving them with only 59 votes. Others may follow suit.
Excerpts from a Robert Costa piece on National Review Online (Some of this sounds so familiar):1. Time. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, tells NRO that time is on the GOP’s side. Let the Senate debate go on for a couple months, he says, and the American people will become fully aware of what’s actually in the bill. “Then there will be a revulsion,” he predicts.The Democrats, meanwhile, are struggling to agree on a soft deadline for getting a bill to the president’s desk. The White House would very much like to see a bill passed before the winter recess, in order to avoid the chance that fence-sitting senators will change their minds after a couple weeks of hearing from constituents back home.2. President Obama. Though still the Democrats’ greatest political asset, President Obama is also quickly becoming a handicap for numerous Democratic senators who are worried about their re-election campaigns next year, from Blanche Lincoln (D., Ark.) to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.). As the White House continues to push hard on issues like the public option, leery Democrats see the president as their Don Draper — a fabled salesman who seems to have lost his touch.3. GOP Amendments. As the bill heads to the Senate floor for debate, the Republicans, though only numbering 40, are preparing a strong amendment strategy that they hope will overwhelm Democrats, forcing them to confront every aspect of the bill. 4. Abortion. After the Stupak amendment split the House Democratic caucus, Senate Republicans predict a similar fight among Democrats in the Senate. “The Democrats need 60 votes,” says Cornyn. “The Conference of Catholic Bishops helped to push the House bill along, but on abortion, the bill is only as good as the final product.” If the Stupak amendment gets stripped out in the Senate, “watch for some cold feet in the conference,” he says. “If they water this down, it will be a lynchpin issue.”5. The public option. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.), a member of the Democratic caucus, already has said that if a public option is included, he will not support the bill, leaving the Democrats with only 59 votes. Lieberman has been “very strong and principled on this,” says Hutchison. Others may follow suit, she says.
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