Done and done: Dems celebrate after invoking cloture on ObamaCare

posted at 6:07 pm on December 23, 2009 by Allahpundit

It really is an achievement. Think how hard you’d have to work to produce a bill that’s equally hated by left and right.

Mike Crapo reminds us this evening that to undo this, the GOP would need the mirror image of what the Dems have now, i.e. 60 in the Senate and a Republican in the White House, which ain’t happening anytime soon. Even if tea partiers ride a red wave through to 2012, flipping 20 seats between now and then is a tall, tall order. (The last time the GOP had 60 Senate seats was 1911.) The longer it takes to get to the magic number, the more entrenched the bill becomes in the public imagination, the more people begin to rely on and plan around it, and the more difficult it becomes to drive a stake through it. As depressing as it is, Bill Kristol’s probably right that the Massachusetts special election next month is the last chance to nuke the bill. The future of American health care in the hands of Ted Kennedy’s constituents? What could go wrong?

Actually, there is one other hugely risky way to improve the chances of repealing ObamaCare: The GOP, as a minority party, could take up the cause this year of ending the filibuster starting in 2012. The Dems would be tempted to agree since the odds are fair that they’ll still control the Senate by then and could ram through more of their agenda via simple majority vote. The risk, of course, is that if the GOP takes back Congress and defeats The One, they can kill this travesty of a bill lickety split in 2013. How lucky do you feel?

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I even greater things for America in 2010!

simplesimon on December 24, 2009 at 10:17 AM

OK, you illiterate pr!ck… you wanna’ explain what the hell that’s supposed to mean?

ronnyraygun on December 24, 2009 at 10:30 AM

What a wonderful Christmas Miracle! Enjoy your Obamacare, one and all. I even greater things for America in 2010!

simplesimon on December 24, 2009 at 10:17 AM

I saw somebody homeless begging for change. So I guess the President failed.

Chris_Balsz on December 24, 2009 at 10:31 AM

It’s Morning in Socialist Amerika (fka US of A)!

How appropriate at least that an ad for the February National Tea Party Convention appears at the bottom of this page. The usual nostrums–vote GOP in 2010–are inadequate to our current predicament.

james23 on December 24, 2009 at 10:35 AM


come and GET ME..
Try to put me in jail..


veteranoutrage on December 24, 2009 at 10:39 AM

I can appreciate the politics of this. Nationalizing health care has been the Prime Directive of the Democratic Party since FDR failed to achieve it. Elections have consequences, and they won.

I just wish they would stop the lying about how this is actually going to help an already bankrupt America to improve its fiscal health, or how it is going to give me anything to look forward to in terms of my own health care when I am only 14 years away from Medicare. Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

Think about this: The Democratic Party became so rabid and irrational in its pursuit of this goal that it sold out senior citizens to get there. Never again can the Democrats demagogue Republicans during a campaign season about cutting benefits for seniors. Never again can they count on a large turnout of older voters for their candidates.

rockmom on December 24, 2009 at 10:46 AM

I even greater things for America in 2010!

simplesimon on December 24, 2009 at 10:17 AM

OK, you illiterate pr!ck… you wanna’ explain what the hell that’s supposed to mean?

ronnyraygun on December 24, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Its like the seen in ‘Independence Day’ where the groupies are all cheering and waving their ‘Welcome’ signs as the giant death ray comes down.

Count to 10 on December 24, 2009 at 11:12 AM

There was an outstanding piece this week on the unpopularity of Obama and why. You are right. Both the right and left have met on common ground on this one.

The solutions differ, of course, but the dislike of this bill in equal.

The piece that criticized Obama drew out posters from the left agreeing like I thought I’d never see.

Boy, this president is in more trouble than he imagines, and so are the Dems.

AnninCA on December 24, 2009 at 11:16 AM

You win and so will we in the next election.

mixplix on December 24, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Healthcare a right? Awesome.

Democrats declared unqualified home loans as a right starting with Carter and the Community Restoration Act.

This caused our current depression.

scotash on December 24, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Well it’s official, as if we didn’t know before- there is no such thing as a Blue Dog Democrat. Miserable rotten bastards, I hope every last one of you goes down.

evergreen on December 24, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Democracy is not the answer, in case you didn’t get that memo yet. America is not a democracy. Sixty elites decide and they decide what suits them best, not what the majority wants. And even if a few socialists lose their seats, this bill is now apart of reality, just as is Medicare and Social Security and income taxes, the UN, and everything the socialists want and got.

keep the change on December 23, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Give up if you want to, but that’s poison talk. We need to fight them tooth and nail. The monster may be a juggernaut, but they’re going to pay for every inch of our liberty they try to take- if enough of us are not willing to consider it all inevitable.

evergreen on December 24, 2009 at 3:49 PM

We the american people said NO
You disobeyed

We the american people demanded honesty
you hired every tax cheat in the universe

We the american people wanted truthfulness
you democrats lied at every corner

So I will NOT obey your new laws



Its called

Get ready for it you liberal ass wipes..

veteranoutrage on December 24, 2009 at 7:07 PM

bumper sticker:


Sweet_Thang on December 25, 2009 at 8:45 AM

It is time to evoke cloture on all liberal (far left) politicians and replace them with citizens with a desire to listen to the people and do the peoples work, and stop putting forth their own ideas of what they think is right for U.S..

The U.S. was formed as a representative Republic not a Democracy to avoid what has been and is actually happening today.

MSGTAS on December 25, 2009 at 9:44 AM

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