Yes, the Senate passed something this morning. I hope they feel better now. But the real discomfort may be just beginning. They'll have to go home to face the music and own their votes for this execrable bill. And according to Politico, now that Obama sees that he can't get his healthcare victory in time to bask in its glow via the State of the Union address, he's going to delay further healthcare action until February. This hurry-up-and-wait routine has got to be a bit vexing for those Dems who were in such a frantic rush to sell their souls by Christmas; perhaps some of them are wishing they had held on to them a little longer. Andy McCarthy:
Cue laugh track. Also see Jennifer Rubin for more on the 360 degree backlash against the Senate healthcare bill. An excerpt:
How proud of themselves Senate Democrats must be. As Ed Morrissey notes at Hot Air, now that they've besotted themselves in a historically unseemly exhibition, bribing their way through a Christmas eve green-light for a monstrous 2000-page bill no one has had a real opportunity to digest, we learn President Obama has said, "Never mind."
Though the point of mad-dash cash-for-cloture was to give the President his monumental "achievement" in time to brag about it in the State of the Union address, the administration realizes it won't happen — too much opposition in the House, too problematic on abortion, too much outrage in the country. So healthcare will be tabled until February, giving us all at least a month-and-a-half to find more of its buried treasures, ear-marks, mandates and power-grabs. And it is still no sure thing, shaping up as a brawl between the two chambers. Meantime, Obama will make the "hard pivot" to jobs and the economy, underscoring the shambles he's made of both ... while (as Byron reports in the Washington Examiner) Senate Republicans force Democrats to vote to raise the debt ceiling by $1.8 trillion just days before Obama's big SOTU speech touts the need for ... fiscal responsibility.
The bill is so bad it renders Sen. Chuck Schumer mute: “Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Paterson both slammed the Senate bill Monday, charging it would cost the city more than $500 million and rip a $1 billion-a-year hole in the state budget. Schumer, a veteran streetfighter for federal cash, has been suddenly recast as a defender of Washington—and a deal he helped cut that shafts New York. ’He’s being uncharacteristically quiet in part because the numbers don’t look that good,’ said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio. . . [Schumer] bristled at criticism that he stood by as other states won sweetheart deals.” Well, how come Nebraska got more than New York then?Schumer going silent? It's a Christmas miracle.
Linked at Michelle Malkin (buzzworthy)
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