Lee: ´´Have no fear´´? My very words. 10,000 times a day.
Villager: Senor, don´t punish yourself.
Villager: A man who has fought so many times…You must have great courage.
Lee: Until the day you lose your nerve. You feel it. And then you wait, for the bullet in the gun that is faster than yours.
The Magnificent Seven 1960
Last night Glenn Reyonlds linked twice to pieces / tweets on democrat fear concerning Obamacare:
they’re worried that they’ll be the next victims of anger over Obamacare. In DC perception is often more important than reality, and can have a greater effect on the decisions politicians make. If Democrats are so twitchy about Obamacare right now that they’re seeing signs of its unpopularity everywhere, the voices on the left now cautiously calling for delays or amendments to the law might become much louder.
If brought back memories from January 2010
Some things are worth repeating. Particularly when you see stories like this:
The White House is evaluating whether to take a breather on health care or try to push for passing legislation, but is not convinced Massachusetts voters were trying to block health insurance reform by voting last week to send Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday. emphasis mine.
That’s the history people are forgetting the left’s fear of the political consequences of Obamacare existed long before it passed.
All during the time Obamacare was debated in Congress the Democrats had an overwhelming majority in the House and in the Senate.
This means that on every single sub-committee vote, every committee vote, every rules vote and every single procedural vote democrats could get whatever they wanted without the need for a single republican to go along. As I reminded James Carvelle when he was spinning in Aug 2009
Unless he knows about a special election that the rest of us don’t there are still only 40 Republican votes in the senate and the house has a very large democratic majority. Republicans can’t kill any bill the democrats are willing to pass.
What Mr. Carville wants is cover for his members and the ability to share the blame. If his people really believed this was the right thing to do they would do it. They want cover for this lemon, the Republicans won’t give it so he is trying to make lemonade.
And until the election of Scott Brown to be the 41st vote their power to shape the bill was absolute. Once he won that election the game shifted back to the house to pass the Senate Version unamended and congressmen who had voted for the base bill were already running from it:
Hey it’s always an indication that things are going well when undecided congressmen choose to skip a rally being attended by the president of the United States:
Representative John Boccieri, Democrat of Ohio, whose vote on major health care legislation could be crucial to the outcome, will not be attending President Obama’s health care rally on Monday in Strongsville, Ohio, not far from Mr. Boccieri’s own district, a spokeswoman said
Or counting on things like Bart Stupak’s phony Abortion compromise for cover.
Bart Stupak confirms the Fishbait Miller theory of Nancy Pelosi:
“The Speaker always carries a number of votes in her pocket,” he said, meaning that some members who voted ‘no’ would have voted ‘yes’ if needed.
“I had a number of members who thanked us after because they could vote no.”
But all the spin aside there was one fact that was true from day one:
The democrats KNOW both health care bills are Lemons that serve their own special interests groups over the people they claim to be helping. If they thought for one moment that these bills were good or the country and/or a political winner, they would have passed them and eagerly took the full credit.
They still know it, that’s why Ted Cruz moves which put the entire Democrat caucus on record opposing a delay in Obamacare was critical because it linked any democrat in congress who wasn’t there to vote for the law forever to it.
It’s a tribute to how horrible this law is that three years after it has passed Democrats are still in panic over its political consequences.
Final thought if the GOP had supported a Tea Party nominee instead of the one person who could provide political cover to Democrats in general or Barack Obama in particular over Obamacare in 2012 we would be discussing Harry Reid’s filibuster to prevent the repeal of the law today.
Update: Apparently Democrat Senator Mary Landreu of Louisiana has a scheduling conflict today that Governor Jindel does not
Jindal and Mayor Landrieu are scheduled to meet Obama at the airport before an event at the Port of New Orleans. Mary Landrieu had a scheduling conflict and will not go to the port
.Jindal said he would accompany Obama on the tour if he is invited
It’s Friday and I’m facing the worst payweek I’ve seen in a while a full $259 shy of a full paycheck.
That bodes poorly considering that next week it will have to cover Chris, Vin, Harry, Bernardo, Brett & Lee.
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