“There is no plan B,” Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) said. “There are so many problems with the Senate bill from the House view that they wouldn’t get a 100 votes.”
“After being filled in on the House negotiations with the Senate, Stupak said, “we’re looking at each other like, yeah, well that’s that’s good, but … even if you reach agreement, can you have it done by tomorrow? Because you’re not going to have 60 votes come tomorrow. They filled us in and it was almost like there wasn’t an election in Massachusetts.”
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY): “On a substantive level, I think this health care package might be doomed and it might not be the worst thing in the world to step back and say we are going to return with jobs first or we are going to do something that more people have a basic handle on, and then maybe we will return and take a deep breath. We need to get our balance back.”
Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) “I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated.”
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), speaking to the New York Daily News as results were coming in last night, put it bluntly: “If she loses, it’s over.”
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA): “…our respect for democratic procedures must rule out any effort to pass a health care bill as if the Massachusetts election had not happened.”
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) told a local reporter, “It’s probably back to the drawing board on health care, which is unfortunate.”
Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) told us the results prove that unhappiness with political leaders has “gone mainstream” and could hit anyone.
Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) said “when it happens in Massachusetts, it really throws us a curve. It’s a big deal for a lot of members here.”
“There’s going to be a tendency on the part of our people to be in denial about all this,” Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) told ABC News, but “if you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up.”
But the White House is still pushing the politically toxic ObamaCare — and ignoring the economy and job related concerns of the average American. David Axelrod said this morning: “It’s not an option to simply walk away…” and that “I think that it would a terrible mistake to walk away now. If we don’t pass the bill, all we have is the stigma of a caricature that was put on it. That would be the worst result for everybody who has supported this bill.”
Speaker Pelosi, ever the true believer in the Pagan god of health care reform: “We will get the job done. I’m very confident. I’ve always been confident.”
There virtually no daylight between the liberal (Frank and Weiner) and the so-called moderates (Webb and Bayh). But the White House and the Speakers office are still living in dreamland — circa early 2009.
The new political reality on health care is owned by Senator-elect Brown:
“One thing is clear,” Senator-elect Brown said. “People do not want the trillion-dollar health care plan that is being forced on the American people.”