Save that chorus of Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead. Rep. Paul Ryan says Obamacare-by-reconciliation is still a possibility:
“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.”Read the rest.
Obama shifts his hate (and ours, he hopes) to the banks. Nicole Gelinas comments:
Obama needs to explain how, exactly, such a prohibition would have prevented or alleviated the financial crisis in any significant way. . . . Obama's proposal would be brilliant — save for the needling inconvenience that it has nothing to do with reality.Click for the specifics.
Even Geithner thinks it's politically motivated.
In related news, stocks drop worldwide.
But the president reserves some hate for the Supreme Court, which has made a decision that displeases His Royal Highness:
With its ruling today, the Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics. It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans. This ruling gives the special interests and their lobbyists even more power in Washington–while undermining the influence of average Americans who make small contributions to support their preferred candidates. That’s why I am instructing my Administration to get to work immediately with Congress on this issue. We are going to talk with bipartisan Congressional leaders to develop a forceful response to this decision. The public interest requires nothing less.Will no one free him of these troublesome justices? Jennifer Rubin:
This is as noxious a statement concerning the Supreme Court that has, in my memory, ever been issued by the White House. Let’s count the ways. First, the president — who tells us he is a serious constitutional scholar – offers not a single word of substantive criticism about the Court’s analysis. He treats the Court — as most liberals do, frankly — as a policymaking body. In this case, he doesn’t like the outcome and blasts away at the result, transparently using the Court to regain his populist footing with the public.Read the rest.
Chuck Schumer doesn't like it either, for good reason.
John Miller notes that this was a bad week for liberals. I'll add a visual, courtesy of Mako Snark:
Speaking of bad news, Michael Barone has extrapolated some numbers from the Scott Brown victory and comes up with a cause for acute queasiness among Dems:
So that means that 101 of the 256 House Democrats represent 64%+ Obama districts and that 155 House Democrats represent districts which might, according to the Massachusetts metric, be vulnerable in some circumstances to Republican capture. No wonder so many House Democrats refused to vote for the Senate health care bill—enough to prompt Speaker Nancy Pelosi to say publicly that “unease would be a gentle word” to describe their attitude toward doing that.Read the whole thing.
Linked at Michelle Malkin (buzzworthy)
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