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“100,000 pesky votes in Massachusetts”

That’s what the Democrats think about the voters of Massachusett(e)s who voted for Scott Brown and against HCR. And that’s why, per their brain trust, they’re going the reconciliation route. Screw-the-proles politics at its finest (via HotAir):

Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, tells National Review Online that House Democrats are planning to use of the budget-reconciliation process in order to pass Obamacare. “They’re meeting with each other this weekend to pursue it,” says Ryan. “I’ve spoken with many Democrats and the message is this: They’re not ready to give up. They’ve waited their entire adult lives for this moment and they aren’t ready to let 100,000 pesky votes in Massachusetts get in the way of fulfilling their destiny. They’ll look at every option and spend the next four or five days figuring it out.”

If the Democrats pass a health-care bill through reconciliation, it means they would need only 51 votes in the Senate for final passage. To start the process, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) would need to bring a new health-care bill to the House budget committee with reconciliation instructions, with the Senate doing the same. “They’d have to go back to the beginning of the process,” says Ryan. “They’d need to affix reconciliation instructions to a new bill.” Doing so, he says, wouldn’t be too hard. “There’s nothing we can do to stop this from a technical standpoint, since all they need is a simple majority vote and our ratio on the committee is terrible. What we can do in the budget committee is pass resolutions for the Rules committee to insist on certain changes in the bill and create a ‘vote-a-rama’ atmosphere.”

Got that? Your votes don’t matter. Your voice has not been heard. You are merely an impediment to Democrats bound for history, who have no interest in what you want. Say it with me: they only care about what they want you to want.

Just remember: this ain’t over, it’s just the beginning.

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7 Responses to “100,000 pesky votes in Massachusetts”

  • I’d say something along the lines of “I hope they enjoy being out of power for a long time if they do this” but it’s sadly evident they no longer care, as has long been pointed out here.

    If they leave the people no electoral recourse, there is only 1 recourse left. 

  • Going ahead with HC at this point could be political suicide.  Not just individual politicians or the current batch of Democrats committing suicide, but the Democrat Party itself falling on its sword.

    If there were Republicans capable of recognizing this and had the will to act on this, it would be clear to everyone already.  Unfortunately they don’t have either.  In fact I fully expect them to find a way to pass on this opportunity and even rescue the Democrats somehow.

    Regardless, the issue has shifted from the fabricated health care crisis to overtly circumventing the will of the people.  And the time for a New Party or splitting an old one is dramatically closer.

  • Don’t they mean “100,000 pesky racists in MA”?

  • I’m not so sure that the Democrats have settled around the idea of reconciliation quite yet, but they realize that it is their only route forward with HCR.  The option of just walking away is always there.
    I think the effort to slow down the process is to see if the “anger” out there will die down and allow them to pull off some thing like reconciliation.

  • In a previous entry’s comments, the illustrious Erb said:

    “Both parties have to stop playing silly games of trying to sell one ideological narrative over another, and instead compromise and problem solve.”

    So, Erb.  This is evidence of Democratic problem solving?

  • “The people have spoken.  The bastards.”

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