PPP: Dems reshuffling deck chairs on HCR Titanic.
Let me preface this by saying that I have nothing against Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling: he’s a Democratic pollster, sure, but he doesn’t bury polls that are unhelpful to his side. Which is smart of him – it makes him more credible when he tells me things that I don’t particularly want to hear – but there’s nothing wrong with having a credible | Read More »
Things we were told we couldn’t do.
OK, time to start rolling this monstrosity of a health care soon-to-be-law back… what’s that I’m being told? It can’t be done? We’re stuck with it forever? Can’t cut entitlements in this country, at all, at all? Well, that’s very interesting: being told that we can’t do something, that is. Shall I tell you some of the other things that I’ve been told, over the | Read More »
Tom Garcia (R CAND, FL-24) on Democrats using FL-24 as a flail.
I think that it’s safe to say that Tom Garcia is unhappy about Suzanne Kosmas licking the hand that’s beating their district: …Normally, I’d quibble about the ‘Marxist’ thing, mostly because the people staffing this administration aren’t smart enough to be Marxists (not a compliment: Marxism is intellectualism for stupid people*), but we’ll forgive the hyperbole this one time. After all, that fact that the | Read More »
Obamacare in the Age of Scrutiny.
Interesting what people can take from a picture. Case in point: When Glenn put up a post using it, he focused on the brutal elegance of that sign message:”You vote for Obamacare, we vote for your opponent.“ Which, by the way: we will. But what I took away from it was primarily the guy with the camera. I’ve written this before, and now I’ll write | Read More »
President Obama pulls a Barbara Streisand?
That’s a reference to Ms. Streisand’s classic mistake of using a cool-sounding Shakespeare ‘quote’ that she apparently found on the Internet without checking it to see whether it was, in fact, correct. Which it wasn’t; and that particular example is probably a major reason why Ms. Streisand has done us all the favor of not airing out her political opinions lately. Personally, I’m grateful. But | Read More »
Elections. Have. Consequences.
Here, meet one. “All this talk about rules. When the deal goes down, we make ‘em up as we go along.” Rep. Alcee Hastings was the sixth federal judge in American history to be impeached from office (bribery and perjury). The voters of FL-23 may have elected him afterward, but it was the Democratic party leadership that let him join the Rules Committee. And it’s | Read More »
Kill the Bill rally in Washington.
Smitty over at the Other McCain is covering it; see also Michelle Malkin. Glenn Reynolds has an unconfirmed report of 30K so far, which if true should frighten Democrats generally, as this is a pickup protest. Glenn also has pictures of the event, which will no doubt start the usual discussion about how many right-of-center people showed up to protest, in the hopes that it | Read More »
Democrats told to evade details of CBO scoring.
Explicitly. From a Thursday memo on the subject: We cannot emphasize enough: do not allow yourself (or your boss) to get into a discussion of the details of CBO scores and textual narrative. Instead, focus only on the deficit reductions and number of Americans covered. Emphasis theirs, not mine. Also: The inclusion of a full SGR ['sustainable growth rate' - ML] repeal would undermine reform’s | Read More »
Bundling payoffs to pass health care: HOPE! CHANGE!
If this was happening in some other country, I would be laughing hysterically right now. Taking a new position, Axelrod said the White House only objects to state-specific arrangements, such as an increase in Medicaid funding for Nebraska, ridiculed as the “Cornhusker Kickback.” That’s being cut, but provisions that could affect more than one state are OK, Axelrod said. That means deals sought by senators | Read More »
Health care: the DOOM that came for Blue Dogs. [UPDATED.]
[UPDATE] I wasn’t joking about the ‘re-election money’ thing. Here is something interesting: this paragraph (from an article begging Democratic legislators in Republican districts to sign off on health care rationing, for the greater glory of liberal urban Democrats)… Hardened? Consistent? Solid? You must be joking. Look at the Rasmussen survey cited by Caddell and Schoen. Nine months ago, it showed likely voters supporting the | Read More »
Actually, *Davey*: make mine. Keep pushing this health care bill.
And this ain’t 2008. Confident Axelrod challenges GOP: ‘Make my day’ One of the president’s top advisers confidently predicted Sunday that Congress will pass healthcare reform and dared Republicans to advocate repealing it during the 2010 elections. We ran a Republican in Massachusetts on the explicit promise that he’d do everything in his power to spoke the wheels of your party’s disaster of a health | Read More »
Gallup: SHUT UP ABOUT HEALTHCARE, DEMOCRATS.
I paraphrase. Unemployment now stands alone as the top issue in Gallup’s latest update on the most important problem facing the country. Thirty-one percent of Americans mention jobs or unemployment, significantly more than say the economy in general (24%), healthcare (20%), or dissatisfaction with government (10%). Via Hot Air. If you’re wondering why the current ruling party is so determined to immolate its reputation, popular | Read More »
‘Health care do-over!’ sayeth… New Jersey.
They sayeth that, in fact, by a lot. The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Thursday finds 81 percent of respondents wanting changes to the health care system, while 17 percent believe the current system works well enough. But only 22 percent say Congress should pass the current reform proposals, while 68 percent want lawmakers to start over. That’s two-thirds of adult voters in NJ who are calling | Read More »
FINALLY: House GOP swears off earmarks.
Across the board, and no exceptions. House Republicans approved a conference-wide moratorium on earmarks on Thursday, one day after a House committee enacted a ban on for-profit earmarks. The Republicans’ moratorium is more extensive than the House Appropriations Committee’s ban in that it applies to all earmarks for all members of the caucus. (Via Instapundit) Rep. Pence calls it a ‘clean break,’ which it is: | Read More »
Hmm. What’s Spanish for “Hey, rubes!”
I ask because Democrats from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are trying to excise language from the health care rationing bill that would prohibit illegal immigrants from buying into insurance exchanges (see Hot Air for some analysis of what that entails). Putting aside for the moment whether or not this is a good idea, it’s an open question whether the CHC has the pull that it | Read More »
My first thought was ‘Death panels,’ too…
…as per the first comment in this Hot Air post about Kent Pankow. But that’s absurd: we’ve been told by all sorts of people that such things could never, ever, ever happen under a government-run universal health care regime. Suffering from brain cancer, Kent Pankow was literally forced to go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. for lifesaving surgery — at a cost to | Read More »
The time has come for somebody in the Democratic party to show moral courage. Consider the situation. Despite a seventy vote majority in the House of Representatives and a then-twenty majority in the Senate, the Democratic party was only able to barely pass health care legislation in both Houses of Congress; and the two versions that were passed do not agree with each other. To | Read More »
US Chamber of Commerce getting into the game.
Say hello to the US Chamber of Commerce. Or don’t; they’re coming to sit down at the table any which way. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is building a large-scale grass-roots political operation that has begun to rival those of the major political parties, funded by record-setting amounts of money raised from corporations and wealthy individuals. [snip] The new grass-roots program, the brainchild of chamber | Read More »
Do we need an investigation into the Massa/Hoyer thing?
Full disclosure: I regret Eric Massa’s resignation solely because I was looking forward to seeing his concession speech on Election Night, seeing as he’s an opportunistic progressive sycophant who last year spouted off bizarre nonsense about ‘treason’ to other progressives equally ignorant of the Constitution. Michelle Malkin has two posts nicely summarizing precisely why embracing this guy is a poor life choice for conservatives; my | Read More »
Two weeks to withdrawal on health care?
How nice of the White House to tell us how long they can hold out. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is ratcheting up the pressure on Congress to complete health-care legislation, setting March 18 as the deadline by which a final bill should be passed. [snip] The White House deadline means Congress would have exactly two weeks to pass a version of the existing | Read More »