The next Pelosi pressure momentum tactic to watch out for
There have been a rumor floating around that Pelosi has a CBO score on a reconciliation bill. Rush Limbaugh heard this through a “spy” he has on the Hill. Limbaugh suggested that she would likely put this out tomorrow (could be late today). This would be used to create momentum. Now it is common knowledge that whenever a Speaker of the House schedules a vote, you | Read More »
A House Democrat who votes for the Slaughter solution is a vote for the Senate bill.
The GOP has introduced a resolution and is pressing for a vote that would prevent Nancy Pelosi. However, this resolution could be well served by the GOP hitting with the airwaves with the above title theme. This eventually would take the Slaughter solution off the table and reduce Pelosi to having that direct up or down bill she doesn’t want to have. I don’t think I have | Read More »
The Renewed Conservative
During this life or death battle for our nation’s freedom and soul which currently deals with health care, I have had quite a bit of time to reflect on the state of our nation, where we have been, how we got here, and currently are going. Most of my posts recently have dealt with fighting off this socialist sword that is at the point of | Read More »
Surprising news this morning
Jason Altmire is saying that the House leadership is trying to turn hard nos (those who have stated they will vote or are very likely to vote no) this morning. This could mean one or two things. Either Pelosi is well short of getting the votes she needs or she has the votes and wants a larger margin of victory. I would tend with #1 | Read More »
Your very detailed whip count update — feel free to contribute with your local reports or voter tendancies in districts
Okay, latest breakdown. I am cross comparing FireDogLake, The Hill and Jay Costs whip counts. Here is what I have. I have to commend FireDogLake though they are a liberal log. Their spreadsheet is fantastic. I have highlighted FDL’s figures and will now try to make heads or tails out of it all: 25 Democrats are firm no or very likely no: Boren, Boucher, Bright, | Read More »
Democratic leadership trying to fire up their base by using the Slaughter Solution?
Apparently, using the Slaughter Solution is a go. I can’t believe (well, I guess nothing surprises me from the Democratic party anymore) that Pelosi is going to go through with this. Via Brian Darling, Fox reported this morning: According to Fox, the Democrats are 5 votes short of the necessary votes needed to pass a procedure that will avoid a direct vote on the Senate version of ObamaCare. | Read More »
The final assault begins today: Countering and crushing the Pelosi pressure momentum tactic
We have seen these actions from Nancy Pelosi in the press and in the House of Representatives over this past week. Keep in mind that they are used to generate pressure and intimidation on pro-life and Blue Dog Democrats to push this thing through. It doesn’t matter if it destroys the careers of these congressmen, if it violates principles that they say they stand for, if it is | Read More »
UPDATE (and it’s good): The eerie silence coming from the Commonwealth and Rust Belt states
It looks like some of the Virginia Democrats are all publically stating that they will or are likely to vote no this time around. Glenn Nye and Tom Periello are at no or leaning no. Chris Carney of Pennsylvania who was a yes vote last time looks to be a no vote this time according to the Hill whip count. He told a local Scranton newspaper | Read More »
A stand for life. Stupak is holding. Says other colleagues are under enormous pressure from the White House and Pelosi. Call them up and put some counterpressure and encourage them to vote NO.
What a fight. Pro-life Democrats starting to wilt under the pressure from Obama and Pelosi? Latest from Stupak: Here are the pro-life Democratic congressmen. Call them up. All numbers are area code 202 Jerry Costello (IL-12) 225-5661 Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03) 225-5406 Joe Donnelly (IN-02) 225-3915 Steve Driehaus (OH-01) 225-2216 Brad Ellsworth (IN-08) 225-4636 Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) 225-4146 Dale Kildee (MI-05) (Might be useless here but | Read More »
WAR! Pelosi to use the Slaughter rule to endaround the Constitution
In addition, it looks like House Democrats won’t have to vote directly on a Senate bill they really don’t like. The speaker hasn’t made a final decision, but she told her rank-and-file during the meeting that the plan now is to craft the legislation in such a way that it would “deem” the Senate bill passed once the House approves the package of fixes. That | Read More »
Huh? Parliamentarian’s ruling misinterpreted by GOP aides and Kent Conrad?
Democrats still have more than one option on Obamacare again? Take this with a grain of salt as this is being floated by leftist blogs and Politico. What I find interesting is that both McConnell and Conrad interpreted this apparent ruling yesterday the same way. What could be the point of this? Diversionary tactic to take the stress off of House Democratic members who are | Read More »
Democratic pollsters advise Democratic leadership to cut their losses and start over.
Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen are right here. This should be a wake-up call. The Democrats have been pursuing a delusion that if they don’t pass something, they will lose their base and take terrible losses in November such as what happened in 1994. Things were much different back then and the factors involved there were much different. This time, the Democratic leadership has been involved | Read More »
Grasping at straws
It is now apparent that Medusa Pelosi doesn’t have the votes to pass the Senate bill. The Stupak coalition is holding. On top of those headaches, the other Blue Dogs are sticking with their no votes because of budgetary concerns. A very key moment I thought came yesterday when Jim Donnelly (D-Indiana) indicated that he would switch his vote from yes to no over the | Read More »
Laugh out loud funny: Obama/Pelosi/Reid — It’s that darn Constitution that is getting the way of us taking over healthcare!!
And now for a good laugh. The House and Senate parliamentarians are set to rule soon on whether reconciliation can happen on a bill that has not been signed into law yet by the president. Um, yeah. I don’t like the Democrats’ hopes on this one. Reconciliation can only happen on current legislation. Harry Reid will seek to abolish the filabuster in the next congress. | Read More »
The Senate bill now might be dead in the House
H/T Ace Assuming that the Stupak coalition doesn’t pull a Ben Nelson, the Senate bill might be in the crypt. Even if Pelosi was able to get Stupak’s votes, it is still up in the air if she could get the magic number to pass. Charlie Rangel is saying that nothing is going to get changed. Translation: Stupak isn’t going to get his way. Stupak | Read More »
Will the Stupak coalition fall for the Obama/Pelosi/Reid double cross?
Rush Limbaugh nails it here and here. Not too long ago, when I first heard the possible deal in the works about a seperate bill that Steny Hoyer was floating, I thought this was a hoodwink effort to get the Stupak coalition of votes of which if Pelosi doesn’t get those, Obamacare’s demise is certain. If Pelosi does get those, likely all eyes will be | Read More »
If Obamacare passes, should the GOP Senate put up a blanket filabuster on all legislative business until the next Congress is sworn in?
It seems as if Bart Stupak is more optimistic about a deal getting done with satisfying the abortion funding issue. The deal of course being that a separate bill would be created with assurance from the Senate that it would be passed in that chamber. Stupak and his coalition needs their cover anyway they can get it so when the November elections roll around, their | Read More »
Preserve freedom – Paul Ryan for president in 2012
Usually it is too early to make a choice on decisions like this. We are still over 2 years away from the next presidential election. Now the consensus potential candidates for the GOP nomination have been out there already. Romney, Palin, Huckabee have been keeping themselves in the public eye. Each of these candidates have the strong and weak points. Another potentially solid candidate, John | Read More »
Desperation: Pelosi trying to hoodwink Stupak
Via the Corner: The House Dems Don’t Have the Votes Without Stupak [Daniel Foster] If the Democrats had the votes in the House to pass the Senate bill without Bart Stupak’s Dozen, would they be suggesting something as desperate as this? House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday that lawmakers could draft separate pieces of legislation with abortion language to earn the support of | Read More »
Seniors, unions, and ultimately the taxpayers get screwed with this Senate bill.
The reason for this diary entry is to illustrate the point that compromise doesn’t always lead to a positive outcome. Democrats look to lose two pillars of their voting bloc here along with scores of congressmen at the federal and state levels with passing this legislation for one man’s ambition. Sure, deals can be made with union leaders to try to put off the tax | Read More »