Monday, November 09, 2009


Thought of the Day

The Democrats can’t afford to pull a conference committee switcheroo here, either. If the Senate passes a bill without a public option and a conference committee puts it back in (while stripping the Stupak amendment), it will get filibustered with the assistance of Lieberman and perhaps a handful of red-state Democrats. That will be especially true if the conference report comes back in 2010, an election year in which Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and others will have to explain themselves to center-right voters.

But what happens if a conference report comes back without a public option, and with the Stupak amendment intact? Pelosi won’t have enough votes to support it in the House, either. What can’t pass the House is the only option to pass the Senate, and vice versa. The LA Times understands the conundrum facing Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill, even if Reid and Pelosi don’t — or don’t want to admit it.

Cap'n Ed Morrissey, putting about the best spin possible on the horror last Saturday night


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