Reid on ObamaCare: Hey, sometimes you need to buy people off

posted at 6:23 pm on December 21, 2009 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart and Slublog, a belated answer to a question I posed two days ago. Why, I wondered, hadn’t Blue Dogs like Bayh and Lincoln held out for the same Medicaid buyout for their states that Nelson got for Nebraska? Are they just suckers?

Reid’s take: Yes, they’re suckers.

“There are 100 senators here and I don’t know that there’s a senator that doesn’t have something in this bill that isn’t important to them,” Reid said. “If they don’t have something in it important to them then it doesn’t speak well of them.”

This is a guy who’s getting beat up by his own base for pushing a bill they don’t want, now practically boasting of all the little political kickbacks he had to pay out to make it happen. No wonder his polls look worse than ObamaCare’s. And they’re only going to get worse: Like Jay Cost says, passing an unpopular statist bill in a tea-party climate is dangerous, but passing an unpopular statist bill that’s filthy with special interests in a tea-party climate is near-suicidal.

People in Congress and the lobbyists who court them have pretty good gigs. They have nice offices, make big salaries, and have lots of people hop to at their say so. Yet ultimately, all of their money, power, and prestige come from the people. The people are the sole source of sovereignty in our nation. Our Constitution opens, “We the people of the United States” – not “We the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of the United States” or “We the senior members of Congress with plum committee assignments.” Everything about our system is the way it is because the people allow it to be that way. This is why it’s best for the entrenched interests and the politicians to keep their under-handed means and particularistic ends from affecting the people. They can take it all away in a single instant – so the smart approach is not to give them a reason.

This Congress and this President seem hell-bent on ignoring that maxim. It started last year with TARP. It continued into this year with the pork-laden, wasteful stimulus bill. It moved to the auto bailouts, reckless deficit spending, and coziness with Wall Street. And now, it has moved to health care “reform.” The people are taking notice, they don’t like it, and they’re starting to blame the government for the weakened state of the union.

We might be on the verge of another Jacksonian moment: a time when the people awake from their slumber, angrily exercise their sovereign authority, and mercilessly fire the leaders who have for too long catered to the elites rather than average people.

Clearly Cost hasn’t thought through the master “blame Bush/tout ObamaCare” strategy that political genius Rahm Emanuel is banking on. Meanwhile, speaking of pigs at the trough, the AP finally figured out who was responsible for that mysterious $100 million appropriation for university hospitals tucked away in Reid’s bill. Guess.

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I guess someone does, Nozzle. Maybe I should read the thread first. Doh!

Anyway, it’s a clear violation IMO. Makes me think they cut a deal for Nelson a court was sure to overturn in order to stick it to Nelson in the end, so to speak.

Beagle on December 21, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Please take a look at my new holiday spoof video titled “Obama Night”

It’s time for us to rise and exercise our rights divine.

cannonball on December 21, 2009 at 8:42 PM

I’m so friggin’ angry with Congress I can hardly contain it. The blatant criminal nature of how this bill was passed is disgusting and a slap in the face to the founding fathers.

cannonball on December 21, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Me: Hey, sometimes you need to buy arrogant old a$$holes out of office. Right, Harry?

NathanG on December 21, 2009 at 8:44 PM

yeah too bad its an ethics laws violation. Every damn one of these jokers needs to be thrown out. Every one of them.
This administration is and has been making us all miserable and bad off. He’s bringing people out of the gutter the opposite is being done taking everyone down to the gutter level. SPreading the misery I call it instead of spread the wealth.

johnnyU on December 21, 2009 at 8:46 PM

I’ve been saying this for the better part of a year and I won’t stop now. We need to stop trying to put all of our eggs in the federal basket and concentrate on a conservative takeover of state legislatures and governorships so we can nullify unconstitutional legislation emanating from DC. If you’re pinning your hopes of rolling back the monster in DC on the GOP you haven’t been paying attention the last several decades. The GOP is nearly as complicit in growing government as the Dems. If half a dozen states nullify Obamacare it will collapse. And when it collapses through nullification I believe other states will be emboldened to nullify it as well and then move to nullify other unconstitutional federal legislation and perhaps We the People can take back our government from the statists.

DerKrieger on December 21, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Can’t wait til this POS hits the street making phoney land deals full time.

bluegrass on December 21, 2009 at 8:53 PM

Harry the Mortician would look pretty dapper in an orange jump suit. Or on a street light.

james23 on December 21, 2009 at 9:20 PM

DerKrieger on December 21, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Agree with your assessment of the chance of a rollback at the federal level. But what state will nullify as you suggest? As constituted, they are mere departments of Leviathan.

james23 on December 21, 2009 at 9:23 PM

Even more disgusting news from dingy harry on changing senate rules to repeal obamacare.

Are these the seeds of a new revolution? GOD help us.

lukespapa on December 21, 2009 at 10:17 PM

I’ve held off as long as I could but the hardware must be taken out of storage, cleaned, oiled and loaded. They will be coming after us sooner than I thought.

wepeople on December 21, 2009 at 10:19 PM

Last time i checked, there are laws against bribing elected officials.

Cromagnum on December 21, 2009 at 10:22 PM


Jaibones on December 21, 2009 at 10:54 PM

What a jackass.

Even the filthy corrupt jerks in charge of some of the third world crapholes I’ve visited were more circumspect about such out and out graft.

Welcome to the Third World, folks. I’m surprised these guys haven’t come up with a plan to lease space on the Mall for a Banana Plantation to United Fruit.

Wind Rider on December 22, 2009 at 1:29 AM

Extortion = “The art of Compromise”

sinsing on December 22, 2009 at 7:46 AM

Sen. Reid has attained the height of arrogance which has taken Sen. Reid to a level of ignorance never attained by anyone educated in a Detroit (See Crowder) School.

MSGTAS on December 22, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Any bets that Sen. Reid does not go home for Christmas or if he does he stays barricaded in his fortress (house), because he can not and does not want to face the facts (faces of the 25% who claim he represents)

MSGTAS on December 22, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Rome is falling.

Badger40 on December 22, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Buy off=bribery and with other folks money. Funny, I always thought it was illegal but I guess different rules apply in the Senate?

jeanie on December 22, 2009 at 1:54 PM

This bill isn’t going to end well.

LibTired on December 22, 2009 at 3:05 PM