Per Philip Klein at the American Spectator, Ben Nelson is saying that he didn’t intend to vote for the actual healthcare bill unless it had substantial changes to the abortion language. The article presents a skeptical view of Ben Nelson’s clumsy attempts at explaining his wheeling and dealing to his constituents. My impression is that Nelson felt that the bill was inevitable and worked to get the best possible deal for his state. I suspect that Nelson thought he would be counted a hero. To me it looks like one of those regrettable myopic things you do. Like painting the bathroom bright purple with a floral border seems like a great idea until you actually have to shower there every day. Nelson felt that it was only a matter of time before one of the Republicans crumbled, and so he worked the best possible deal he could work for his state. A deal, by the way, that those of us in the reliable blue states are drooling after.
I also believe that Olympia Snowe believed that healthcare was inevitable when she voted for the Baucus bill. I think she felt that voting for the Baucus bill was avoiding a much more liberal bill that contained a public option. Instead, the liberal leadership used her vote as a platform to create a much more liberal bill. Then, when the final senate version was being created, she wasn’t even invited to give an opinion. I read somewhere that Obama contacted Snowe after the recent Massachusetts election. I would love to have been a fly on the wall for that phone call. After they knifed her in the back they casually call her to see what it would take to get her vote? Are you kidding?
It seems to me that Democrats have made a bad assumption. Their inexperience in business makes it clear that they don’t understand that when a business chooses a direction, nothing is inevitable. If a policy is universally hated, it is eradicated. That’s the only way you can stay in business. This liberal congress is strangely inflexible on certain positions while simultaneously being strangely flexible with tax dollars.
It seems to me that a lot of people are assuming the healthcare bill is inevitable. The only people who find this monstrosity inevitable are in DC. The rest of us see the imminent demise of the liberal supremacy as inevitable BECAUSE of this bill. Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of folks.