If House Democrats had the votes to pass the latest incarnation of the president’s health care overhaul, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi long since have scheduled the vote. And her minions wouldn’t be trying to figure out clever procedural gimmicks to ram it and cram it through the House.
I bet that if you had a vote tomorrow in the House on whether the chamber should push forward with some version of the Senate plan or start afresh, starting afresh would win a comfortable majority. (I know that’s not how they vote in Congress, it’s either yes or no on a particular piece of legislation or amendment thereto.) There would be Democrats voting to move on, er, start afresh,ssss that if you combined their tally with the Republican tally, you’d have a majority.
But, since the Democratic leadership sets the schedule in the House, they determine what gets voted on. And they want to pass a massive health care overhaul. It’s not that the grassroots is clamoring for it, well, some in the fringes of the grassroots are, but that Democratic leadership is insisting on it.
Americans have moved on. We’ve made up our minds about the Democrats’ proposed overhaul. And no matter how many more speeches–or campaign-style rallies–the Democrats hold, we’re not going to change our minds.
But, we do see what the Democratic leadership is made of–and the left-wing ideology which defines it.