Monday Blues?


This will certainly pick up anybody who’s been following the Health care debate. Except, of course, Rep Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

Have a great week!!!

Oh, and one last thing:

A huge part of the blame for today’s disaster attaches to conservatives and Republicans ourselves.

At the beginning of this process we made a strategic decision: unlike, say, Democrats in 2001 when President Bush proposed his first tax cut, we would make no deal with the administration. No negotiations, no compromise, nothing. We were going for all the marbles. This would be Obama’s Waterloo – just as healthcare was Clinton’s in 1994.

Only, the hardliners overlooked a few key facts: Obama was elected with 53% of the vote, not Clinton’s 42%. The liberal block within the Democratic congressional caucus is bigger and stronger than it was in 1993-94. And of course the Democrats also remember their history, and also remember the consequences of their 1994 failure.

This time, when we went for all the marbles, we ended with none.

—David Frum, Former George W. Bush speech writer, on his blog. The title of the post? Waterloo.

Out of Breadth

From @BreakingNews: “Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) suggests Democrats should ‘take a breather for a month’ or more from health care to regroup after Mass. election loss.”

This is what happens when you’re running for the hills. Or running for cover. You run out of breath!

What Does Wendell Potter Have to Say About The HC Bill?


A lot, it seems. For starters:

Like many people who hoped the stars had finally aligned for a fundamental overhaul of our health care system, I have been going through all of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ stages of grief and loss — denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance — as I’ve watched what has been happening in the Senate. I moved toward acceptance this morning as I watched the Senate pass its bill, but — being an incurable optimist — I’m still hopeful that the legislation can be improved when Senate and House conferees meet to determine what the final bill will look like.

But even if all the problems of the Senate bill can’t be fixed in conference, Congress must send the president a bill to sign — and soon.