In one of the best piece I have read in the past few weeks on the Democrats’ end-end-endgame on health care, Michael Barone pretty much summarizes the issue, with his keen analysis of polling trends and election statistics: What’s good for House leaders is bad for members:
But the political incentives for the 138 Democratic members who represent districts where the health care bills are unpopular are entirely different. What we are seeing is something like an irresistible force (a highly skillful leadership) meeting an immovable object (public opinion in most Democratic districts). One or the other will give.
For many Democratic members — especially the 37 Democrats who voted no last November — the best thing to happen is for the bill not to come to a vote on the floor and just go away.
Emphasis added. (Read the whole thing–it’s Barone.) The push for Obamacare comes from the White House, the Democratic leadership and left-wing interest groups. It’s all about ramming their vision for greater government involvement in our lives through. Most Democrats in swing districts would rather focus on other issues.
Tight now, the Democratic leaderships doesn’t have the votes to get their rahming done:
Asked on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to say if he had the 216 votes necessary to pass the legislation in the House, [House Majority Leader] Hoyer, D-Md., replied, “I don’t have a precise number. Having said that, we think we’ll get the votes. … We think we will have the votes when the roll is called.”
Um, Steny, when’s that going to be? When are you going to call the roll? And when are we going to see the bill?