With regard to this despairing statement by David Brooks:
Deem and pass? Are you kidding me? Is this what the Revolutionary War was fought for? Is this what the boys on Normandy beach were trying to defend? Is this where we thought we would end up when Obama was speaking so beautifully in Iowa or promising to put away childish things?
...I do not say that Jen Rubin is sharpening her knife.
Maybe the rubes understand Obama fairly well, after all. They figured out quite some time ago that the entire campaign message — change, hope, post-partisanship, nonideological, fiscally sober — was a ruse. And they understand how immoderate both his methods and his aims are.
I personally am not out on a ledge. (But then I never bought the whole Obama campaign whoop-de-do.) Should this pass, I have infinite faith that the American people will deliver a mortal electoral blow to those politicians who thought they could shred anything to get their way. And then bit by bit — or in one fell swoop — the elected replacements for the shredders will rip out ObamaCare. So there’s no reason to be morose. Elections are great corrective exercises, and one is just around the corner.
That would imply that Jen would have been foolish enough to let the knife get dull in the first place. She's not the sort; and neither am I. I still think that this bill will not pass - but at this point, we've got a fallback strategy in place, just in case. And should quote-unquote 'moderate' Democrats really do decide to commit electoral suicide for the sake of their liberal leadership, I guess that we can accommodate them.
And relax about worrying about how we could possibly gut this next year. The Democrats are doing us the favor of setting the procedural bar very, very, very low...
Crossposted to Moe Lane.