I have an idea so crazy, it just might work.
I see that our lovely socialist Senator Bernie Sanders is offering an amendment to the health-insurance bill that would change the whole bill to a single-payer bill. So here’s the gist of my totally crazy, probably-won’t-actually-work, Senatorial jiu-jitsu idea:
Get ten hardcore Red-State Senators to actually vote this crap into the bill.
I told you it was nuts 😀
Now, here’s why: The red-state Democrats can’t vote for that in final passage. They just can’t, they’ll get crucified for it, and they all know it. No Republican, not even Olympia Snowe could vote for final passage on that bill. So what does that mean?
It means that if Sanders’ crackpot scheme actually made it into the bill, it’s DOA. The whole thing is toast. And that’s what we want.
Now we’d have to force Harry Reid to allow this amendment to the floor, but we’ve got the juice to do that, between the Republicans and the fascisti Dems. After it gets to the floor, we have to convince around ten major conservatives to vote for this craptacular amendment. I’d suggest Sens. Bennett (I don’t like him anyway), Inhofe, Sessions, Chambliss, Cornyn, Coburn, DeMint, Thune, Barrasso, and LeMieux (having Crist’s messenger on record for single-payer would be hilariously fun, but probably would never happen). These are either very unlikely to lose re-election, or people who should lose re-election for past idiocy. Hey, I can dream, right?
Now, once this thing is in, the GOP can turn around and scream from the rooftops “GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER!!!” and it will be 100% accurate, 100% immediate. The entire tenor of the argument changes, and you can be flat-out guaranteed a long-lasting filibuster including the following Dems: Baucus (hooboy, Chairman of the Finance committee), Dodd (lives in a state where 20% of the residents work for AETNA), Lieberman, etcetera, etcetera…
Point is, if this amendment gets in, the bill never leaves the Senate. At least, I’m fairly certain it won’t. What do you think?