who knows?

…on a subject as hot-button as this, after having won a 51/49 election last year, this guy’s clearly taking his electoral life in his hands by saying this out loud.

Well good for him if he actually believes the healthcare plan is right. He’s wrong but at least he’s wrong honest. Remember what President Cleveland said:

What’s the use of being elected or re-elected if you don’t stand for something?

I’ll be very interested to find out if this guy was just playing to the netroots crowd and runs like a rabbit once this starts playing in his district. It won’t take long to find out.

Tip O’Neil when challenged on his assessment of a bill had a stock answer that he often used “I’ve always known how to count”. Apparently James Carville didn’t pick up that skill:

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Democratic strategist James Carville became the first leading Democrat to suggest publicly that there might be political advantage in letting Republicans “kill” health care.

“Put a bill out there, make them filibuster it, make them be what they are, the party of no,” Carville said. “Let them kill it. Let them kill it with the interest group money, then run against them. That’s what we ought to do.”

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.

I’m surprised the National Review didn’t notice it.

Update:
The NYT can’t count either but Patterico can

One of the things I absolutely love about baseball is the lack of a clock. Unless you have rain or extra innings you can’t win without getting 27 outs.

That means even if you have a 10-0 lead after one you have to get those 27 outs. Even more important is the fact that if one team is able to get 10 runs in an inning there is absolutely no reason why another team can’t before the game ends.

In football the closest match is halftime. If a team is losing 34-3 at the half there is absolutely no reason why the other team can’t reverse that score in the 2nd half.

We are still in the first quarter in terms of the Obama administration. Our current success not withstanding there is absolutely no reason why he can’t turn things around and even manage to get this lemon of a bill passed.

President Obama still has all the intrinsic advantages of the presidency, liberal bloggers who support a liberal agenda and a media that will jump through hoops to protect him and attack his foes.

If anyone thinks we can let up or underestimates Obama, or believes the ballgame is over then they are not only kidding themselves but don’t belong in the business.

And you know what; I wouldn’t expect principled liberals to give up on what they believe either. Their innings aren’t over.

Update: Great minds think alike

Update 2: Anyone who quotes Yogi Berra in defense of my opinion deserves his own update.

Why do I say this? Well it’s because of this story:

CBS: Free Clinic Shows Heath Care Reform ‘Desperately Needed’

At the top of Thursday’s CBS Evening News, anchor Katie Couric used a free clinic in Inglewood, California to push for health care reform: “Tonight in the battle over health care, they are on the front lines….we’re going to show you why many believe reform is desperately needed. These are just some of the tens of thousands of Americans who need health care but have no insurance or not enough of it.”

So because people show up for free healthcare that mean healthcare needs to be reformed. I suggest we try something.

Have the same group have a setup where they give away free beer and see how many people line up for it and how long. It shouldn’t be that many since beer is not a necessity like healthcare reform.

I strongly suspect that the overflow crowds will prove the need for Beer reform and government provided beer. I’m sure that the people would be just some of the thousands who need beer but don’t have the means to get it or enough of it.

Update: I knew I should have copywrighted Beer reform.

Today on the Morning Meeting MSNBC continued to attempt to discredit Sarah Palin’s victory by claiming that she was “for death panels” before she was against them due to the Healthcare Decision Day. As you might guess the White House, msm and Lefty blogs are all over this like ants at a picnic, one example

In olden times, Palin might have made this claim at a speech or during a news conference where reporters might have asked questions like: “What proof do you have?” or “Aren’t you just trying to scare people?”

But Palin does not risk that. She takes no questions. She has done her duty as a rabid responder. She has rung the tocsin, sounded the alarm, lit the signal fire.

Truth? Accuracy? Responsibility?

Not her territory.

…or perhaps like ants taking poison back to the nest because their charge ensures that her latest highly footnoted (Politico’s Roger Simon who owns the quote above must have missed those links) response will get a ton of attention:

I join millions of Americans in expressing appreciation for the Senate Finance Committee’s decision to remove the provision in the pending health care bill that authorizes end-of-life consultations (Section 1233 of HR 3200). It’s gratifying that the voice of the people is getting through to Congress; however, that provision was not the only disturbing detail in this legislation; it was just one of the more obvious ones.

and that doesn’t even cover her actual response deep in the post

“Ideally, the delicate decisions about how to manage life’s end would be made in a setting that is neutral in both appearance and fact. Yes, it’s good to have a doctor’s perspective. But Section 1233 goes beyond facilitating doctor input to preferring it. Indeed, the measure would have an interested party — the government — recruit doctors to sell the elderly on living wills, hospice care and their associated providers, professions and organizations. You don’t have to be a right-wing wacko to question that approach.” [5]

I agree. Last year, I issued a proclamation for “Healthcare Decisions Day.” [6] The proclamation sought to increase the public’s knowledge about creating living wills and establishing powers of attorney. There was no incentive to choose one option over another. There was certainly no financial incentive for physicians to push anything. In fact, the proclamation explicitly called on medical professionals and lawyers “to volunteer their time and efforts” to provide information to the public.

Comparing the “Healthcare Decisions Day” proclamation to Section 1233 of HR 3200 is ridiculous. The two are like apples and oranges. The attempt to link the two shows how desperate the proponents of nationalized health care are to shift the debate away from the disturbing details of their bill.

This woman is leading them by the nose. If I’m the Dems I’m almost as afraid as the Romney 2012 campaign. Every time she hits the dems on government healthcare she grazes Mitt.

Update: Oh and those olden times Roger, were they back when the media was covering John Edwards ass?

Update 2:
Hey maybe this is Mitt’s counterpunch. Oldest trick in the book.

Update 3:
How popular is Palin, based on today’s post stats she is more than 50 times more popular than porn.

Update 4: SISU nails it.

And her masterful playing of the national spin machine — check out her FaceBook answer to the president’s dissing of her “Death Panels” meme — continues to leave the spinmeisters reeling. As Judge Napolitano just told Bret Baier, all Sarah has to remember is that freedom rang “200 years ago because people like her were not afraid to challenge authority.”

Yup.

…not to mention webcache.  But you would never know if from the way advocates for Obamacare™ act.

They beat people in front of camera.

Their advocates deny words that were recorded on tape.

They use campain workers families as props

And they put plants in audiances that we’ve seen before.

If you want to know why big media is dying it’s because they ignore this and blogs and conservative writers don’t.