The Passing Parade: Cheap Shots from a Drive By Mind

"...difficile est saturam non scribere. Nam quis iniquae tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus, ut teneat se..." " is hard not to write Satire. For who is so tolerant of the unjust City, so steeled, that he can restrain himself... Juvenal, The Satires (1.30-32)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

JUST A THOUGHT HERE: Dick Morris said something last night on television that struck me and I thought I'd just make a comment on it. Commenting on The O'Reilly Factor, Morris said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might still have the votes to pass the Obama health care bill. When O'Reilly pointed out that Pelosi only got the House version of the bill through with three votes to spare, Morris said that the Speaker knew she had the votes to win and let the Democrats with marginal seats vote against the bill in order to preserve their chances in the midterm elections in November. Now that the momentum is against her, the Speaker would be able to call on those votes to get the bill through now. I think Morris is a pretty astute observer of the political scene, but I can't but think that he's wildly misreading this. Nancy Pelosi may have had a reservoir of yes votes in reserve on Monday, but after Scott Brown's election to the Senate on Tuesday that reservoir dried up and did so at near light speed. Everyone of those Democrats who voted against the bill is now thinking that they can go home and campaign for re-election on their no vote. There is absolutely no political or personal percentage in any of them changing their vote now; all of those guys know that they have gotten off the hook of the most contentious domestic political issue Congress has faced in a long time, and that they did so only through a trick of political fate. I mean, really, a Republican winning in Massachusetts? I know I didn't think it was possible and I'll bet you didn't either. Unless they have all taken a huge swig of Ms. Pelosi's Kool-Aid, I just do not see any of Mr. Morris' House reserve yes votes volunteering to get back on the hook any time soon. Only Kate Winslet could jump back onto the Titanic and live; it was in her contract. No one else gets her deal.

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