Will Obama's Health Plan Be The End of Post-Partisanship?Er, does he mean before or after the White House decided to go after individual talk show hosts? And good Lord, somebody get this woman a tissue:
Pelosi was angry, not only because she was surprised -- Reid had been assuring her all week that he had the votes in his pocket -- but also because she's getting heat from her members who aren't happy about being held hostage to the Senate's 60 vote hurdle on every major piece of legislation.Maybe Obama can issue an EO changing the Senate rules. Put Geithner on it--he seems interested in everything these days since he can't solve anything.
But George is right, this could get real messy. Slipping health care into a budget bill where only 50 votes are needed for passage would be like impeaching the president on simple majority vote. Oddly enough, while such a thing should be a shocking call to arms it seems more like a fart in the breeze amidst the blizzard of "change" currently wafting through the national fan. A certain numbness has set in, perhaps by design. But this might cure it fast.
It's most likely a bluff, but after Pelosi's above comments would anyone bet against them? If they were to act so foolish the resulting war would not be the 'end of post-partisanship' as George so meekly described, it would be political Armageddon. That's no way to govern and it would go counter to Obama's campaign promises (again) but if they sense it's the only chance to get it done before 2010, anything's possible.
Put in a less incendiary way--it would not be a shining moment in American history. More likely the tipping point of our downfall.