Breaking: Pelosi announces that she can’t pass Senate ObamaCare bill

posted at 11:51 am on January 21, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The dream of cramming down the Senate version of ObamaCare died as Scott Brown arrived in Washington DC to prepare to enter the Senate as the first Republican from Massachusetts in 38 years, which was both coincidental and providential.  Nancy Pelosi announced late this morning that she can’t get the votes necessary to move it to Obama’s desk:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she does not have the votes needed to pass the Senate version of the health care bill.

“I don’t see the votes for it at this time,” Pelosi told reporters in a briefing.

After Democrats lost their 60-vote supermajority in the Senate Tuesday after Republicans won an upset victory in the Massachusetts special election to replace the late Ted Kennedy, House passage of the current Senate health bill appeared to be one of few options available for Democrats hoping to complete their year-long quest to pass health reform.

Brown’s arrival in the capital today carried a message that Democrats finally began to comprehend, after dismissing voter anger at town halls for months as meaningless:

Rank-and-file Democrats vented their frustration at a closed-door meeting Thursday. Emerging from the session, Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-N.Y., said: “The mega bills are dead. If we didn’t see what happened Tuesday night, we have blinkers on.”

And now that the blinkers have begun to come off, Democrats realize that most people didn’t consider this a priority in the first place:

Also fueling the Democratic search for a fresh health care strategy is a conviction by many in the party that it’s time for an election-year focus on jobs and the economy, which polls show are easily the public’s top concerns.

“I don’t think we have to wait for health care to be resolved one way or the other before we move to jobs,” said Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa. “We need to put a jobs bill on the table very soon, certainly in the next few weeks.”

This puts an end to the complicated pass-this-now, do-a-modification-later approach that had been floated over the past week as it became apparent that Democrats would lose Massachusetts.  It also probably means an end to the reconciliation approach, which could only be used to pass the least popular elements of ObamaCare — Medicare cuts and tax hikes.  We’re probably looking more at a Square One approach, and this time the Obama administration may try to draft key Republicans into the talks in order to get bipartisan cover.

Either way, it’s an ignominious defeat for Obama and Pelosi, whose radical approach and “I won” attitude finally caught up with them.  Even with massive majorities and a filibuster-proof caucus, they could not jam down a massive government intrusion into the private sector through Congress.  They overreached, and now they have been exposed as radicals in the middle of an election year.


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Terminate this bill.

fiatboomer on January 21, 2010 at 11:53 AM

That’s become my favorite picture of Nancy. I can’t get over the resemblance to Tiny Tim.

Bugler on January 21, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Good.

Key West Reader on January 21, 2010 at 11:54 AM

God is Great, played with us till the end only to give us a last minute miracle using Ted Kennedy’s seat and Massassachusets of all places.

jp on January 21, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Translation: MA has taught us that racism is alive and well and we don’t want to risk the lynchings that would result from passing God-approved health care reform!

mankai on January 21, 2010 at 11:54 AM

So they’re going to focus on a “jobs bill” instead?

That’s good news/bad news for ya.

TexasDan on January 21, 2010 at 11:54 AM

YES! VICTORY!

Vegi on January 21, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Quagmire.

A Balrog of Morgoth on January 21, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Step down Madam Speaker.

portlandon on January 21, 2010 at 11:55 AM

I’ll believe it when Brown is seated. This particular zombie has risen more than once.

unclesmrgol on January 21, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Ding Dong the Witch is dead…the wicked witch. the wicked witch..
Ding Dong the wicked Pelosi is dead….

hawkman on January 21, 2010 at 11:55 AM

“Nobody puts Nancy in the corner” /s

NightmareOnKStreet on January 21, 2010 at 11:55 AM

wonderful picture of the mad man speaker.

poppieseeds on January 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Be on guard. They will not stop trying.

Dale on January 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM

There’s a lot this woman can’t pass.

Daemonocracy on January 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM

PASS IT! PASS IT! PASS IT!

Let’s go. America WANTS this bill SO BADLY that they flipped Kennedy’s barstool to an (R).

PASS IT. Go ahead, Nancy. You and your President said you’d get “combative.”

Where’s all the fighting gone that you were doing against “teabaggers” all last year?

Whatsa matter? I thought we all wanted your version of CHANGE.

Good Lt on January 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Oh dear, what will Barry have to talk about in his SOTU speech? How well the crops are doing in Michele’s garden?

Knucklehead on January 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM

So now the ‘rats move on to Stimulus Part Deux and spend another $400 billion on their favorite interest groups in a supposed effort to rein-in staggering unemployment.

The Pivoter in Chief has plans for us, and they aren’t good.

Bishop on January 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Happy News!

Keep up the fight!

Branch Rickey on January 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Be on guard. They will not stop trying.

Dale on January 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM

courage

Daemonocracy on January 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Time of Death: 1156 EST 21JAN2010
Cause of Death: Stupidity
.
I nominate this one for a Darwin Award. It needed to be eliminated from the gene pool for the sake of humanity.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Put a stake through its heart and stuff its mouth with garlic. Then it will be dead.

Cicero43 on January 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

I think it’s hilarious that the night after Brown won I slept through the night without waking up for the first time in months.

I think it’s safe to take a deep breath again. Things still have a long way to go but I think we just took a giant step back from the edge of the cliff.

gophergirl on January 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

She played the preacher on Poltergeist 2, right?

Right??

Darksean on January 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Brownalicious.

fogw on January 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

HEY WAIT A MINUTE.

i’ve been saying that BHO’s arrogance & pride will be his downfall.

yep – heard it right here from ME.

poppieseeds on January 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

As a bonus, Reid’s compromise forces them to vote on a 2 trillion debt limit increase prior to the state of the union.

LOL.

The sexually molested chicken gets his revenge.

lorien1973 on January 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

That picture of Nancy is so incredibly homely I was looking forward to a video clip.

ORconservative on January 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

So they’re going to focus on a “jobs bill” instead?

In other words, more government spending, spending, spending that will yield both short and long-term non-results.

Fantastic!

Good Lt on January 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

HotHeads—continue your pursuit. Go find the shelf they are putting this on, break the shelf, steal the keys to the room and break the guys macbook that spawned this atrocity. Then, send him to FEMA camp.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM

That is a cruel photo of Nancy P. She looks like she just spent a week in bed with the flu and didn’t have time to wash her hair.

Buy Danish on January 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM

I can’t get over the resemblance to Tiny Tim.

LMAO.

radioboyatl on January 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM

That’s become my favorite picture of Nancy. I can’t get over the resemblance to Tiny Tim.

Bugler on January 21, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Ha!

aquaviva on January 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Kill this bill deader than Rasputin

fiatboomer on January 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM

*confirmed*

A GMC Truck has just delivered a load of “Brown Chowda” right onto the front lawn of the White House.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Wow. They lose one little Senate seat and their whole world falls apart.

I love it!

UltimateBob on January 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM

America to Obama: We won.

BPD on January 21, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Juno77 on January 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM

In other words, more government spending, spending, spending that will yield both short and long-term non-results.

Fantastic!

Good Lt on January 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Which means they didn’t get the message from MA and they will still be destroyed in the midterms.

MA wasn’t just about healthcare – it was also about spending.

gophergirl on January 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Scott Brown threw some water on the old witch.

But let’s face it, anything the donks ass is going to only make the economy worse. It will take money out of the private sector and put it into the government leach sector.

I’ve got a C-note that says if congress went on a six month vacation the economy would be back on track.

jukin on January 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM

The only jobs saved or created are in the House and Senate and they failed after spending an enormous amount of capital to get their job finished. F

Electrongod on January 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM

This should be enough to make AllahPundit believe in God and Miracles again.

jp on January 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM

In other words, more government spending, spending, spending that will yield both short and long-term non-results.

Fantastic!

Good Lt on January 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Yep. Force-10 Buzzkill.

TexasDan on January 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Pelosi can’t inject this bill with anymore Botox.

MeatHeadinCA on January 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM

It’s storybook, man!

Sowell Disciple on January 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Big thanks go out to DeMint,and others,Joe Wilson included, who in the last year have refused to give in.

ohiobabe on January 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM

If SEN Demint or McConnell aren’t on the Capitol Steps advertising their own plan in like 30 seconds, then fire them.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Just think of what the Democrats could have accomplished if only they had control of the house and 60 votes in the senate.

fogw on January 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM

“I don’t see the votes for it at this time,” Pelosi told reporters in a briefing.

She has 257 Democrats in the House, and can’t get 218 of them to vote for the Senate bill?

Meaning that there are at least 40 House Democrats that want to save jobs–their own!

Thank you, Scott Brown!!!

Steve Z on January 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Hallelujah!

But take no comfort Nancy, we’re still throwing you rat bastards out in November!

GarandFan on January 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM

But let’s face it, anything the donks ass is going to only make the economy worse.

jukin on January 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Typo FTW.

TexasDan on January 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Where the mushroom cloud at? Or barry tripping?

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM

we have blinkers on.”

That’s the problem. We voters are tired of the hard left turn…

gatorboy on January 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM

I can’t believe how broken hearted I am at this moment in time. I think I am going to have to crack that bottle of Dom and break out the confetti while I run laughing through the office just to cleanse myself of this disappointment.

She looks like she just spent a week in bed with the flu and didn’t have time to wash her hair.

I think she looks better than usual.

Crusader Rabbit on January 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Duck, it’s what’s for dinner.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM

We keep thinking amnesty’s dead too, yet it keeps crawling up out of its grave. Don’t let up.

OhioCoastie on January 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM

I hear Saint Helena’s is lovely this time of year.

Rocks on January 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM

A conservative wins the Mass Senate seat;
A conservative is polling above Barbara Boxer in CA;
Dems are running for cover from ObamaCare, which now looks to be dead.

A big, heaping helping of FAIL for the Obozo Clown College, and not a bad week’s work for people who care about the fate of the nation!

Cicero43 on January 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Put a stake through its heart and stuff its mouth with garlic. Then it will be dead.

Cicero43 on January 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Put a stake through its heart, chop off it’s head, dismember the corpse, burn it, scatter the ashes to four winds and stuff its mouth with garlic. Then, maybe, it will be dead.

Bruno Strozek on January 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

“We need to put a jobs bill on the table very soon, certainly in the next few weeks.”

So, they are also admitting that the Porkulous was not about jobs?

myrenovations on January 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

You know, we have NEVER needed a Health-Care bill. All this nation needs is for the citizens to be able to purchase Health Care Insurance across state lines, in the same manner that they purchase auto insurance, homeowner’s insurance, etc, and for limits to malpractice awards.

Do those two things, and there will be a sea change in availability and affordability of Health Care Insurance. It requires no new taxes, no new boards or oversight committees, no new government regulators, etc.

Open up the Health Care Insurance industry to interstate commerce, and limit malpractice awards and everything will work just fine.

AW1 Tim on January 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

I can’t wait for the SOTU. Let’s see…. No HC bill, no cap and trade, and just yesterday we voted to add another 2 trillion to the national debt. B+, for sure.

Vashta.Nerada on January 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Pelosi & Co. can’t possibly create as grotesque a partially-aborted baby in the jobs bill as they did with ObamaCare, can they?

RachDubya on January 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Way-to-go, (Scott) Brownie!

Chip on January 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Mandate – I think the word does not mean what you think it does Libs.
Bwahahahahahahahahaha.

kingsjester on January 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

What an anniversary present!!
.
A big old steaming pile of JACK AND SQUAT for ya….B+ and keep studying

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

HotHeads—continue your pursuit. Go find the shelf they are putting this on, break the shelf, steal the keys to the room and break the guys macbook that spawned this atrocity. Then, send him to FEMA camp.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM

2000-plus pages would make excellent kindling for a bonfire!

Steve Z on January 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

One huge debt of thanks and that is to God,for He is ultimately in control.Yes,it is far from over but this country is waking up and at least we don’t have to hear o praise pelosi and reid for passing this fiasco in his speech.

ohiobabe on January 21, 2010 at 12:03 PM

As I posted on another thread, despite all of the expensive surgery to prop up
her front, she’ll be most remembered for Scott Brown’s truck tire tracks across her sorry lying ass.

ontherocks on January 21, 2010 at 12:03 PM

We need a live “ticker” here on HA that shows dKos comments. That has got to be entertaining.

WashJeff on January 21, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Pelosi announces that she can’t pass Senate ObamaCare bill, and we have never been at war with Oceania.

BobMbx on January 21, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Instead of any other big sweeping legislation, why don’t they keep their mouths shut for a while. Extend the Bush tax cuts, give everyone an additional tax cut, and just hide and watch for a while!!! My God, why is that so difficult for them to understand?

Oink on January 21, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Just think of what the Democrats could have accomplished if only they had control of the house and 60 votes in the senate.

fogw on January 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Heh.

Vashta.Nerada on January 21, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Looks like We the People are doing the dictating these days. How about this POTUS, lend us that TOTUS for a day or two and we’ll get your POTUSness straightened right up straight. You’ll get on the right track dontchu worry *wink wink*.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 12:04 PM

So is AP’s pessimism meter gone negative for today?

WashJeff on January 21, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Ding Dong the witch (Pelosi) is DEAD!!!!!!!

Winebabe on January 21, 2010 at 12:04 PM

It’s all negotiation tactics. I don’t believe a word any of them say.

LibTired on January 21, 2010 at 12:04 PM

ohiobabe on January 21, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Preach, sister, preach.

kingsjester on January 21, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Sorry Oboobi I’m gonna have to trump you on that,(I Won)____Senator Scott Brown (R)

SHARPTOOTH on January 21, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Now its time from our Oliver Cromwell to walk up to the Podium in Congress and channel the Dissolution of the Rump speech:

It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice;

ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money; is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? is there one vice you do not possess?

ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth? ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves become the greatest grievance.

Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings in this House; and which by God’s help, and the strength he has given me, I am now come to do; I command ye therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place; go, get you out! Make haste! Ye venal slaves be gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!

- Oliver Cromwell, Dissolution of the Rump speech

wicked prostitutes indeed.

jp on January 21, 2010 at 12:05 PM

I can’t wait for the SOTU. Let’s see…. No HC bill, no cap and trade, and just yesterday we voted to add another 2 trillion to the national debt. B+, for sure.

Vashta.Nerada on January 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Oh! I just got it! B+ stands for Bull$h!t +.

Oink on January 21, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Also fueling the Democratic search for a fresh health care strategy is a conviction by many in the party that it’s time for an election-year focus on jobs and the economy, which polls show are easily the public’s top concerns.
“I don’t think we have to wait for health care to be resolved one way or the other before we move to jobs,” said Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa. “We need to put a jobs bill on the table very soon, certainly in the next few weeks.”

Good grief. That is what the voters have been saying for months. For tone-deafness, the dems rate a solid B flat.

ICBM on January 21, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Failure.

I hope it hurts.

trigon on January 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Independence Forever.

Track-A-'Crat on January 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM

The Pivoter in Chief has plans for us, and they aren’t good.

Bishop on January 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I’m right there with you. The boob was just on the tube announcing big taxes and stuff on the banks, which the banks will then pass on to us.

We are screwed again, just like the credit companies just did to us.

Put your money in your credit unions folks.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Pride goes before the fall.

there it went.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM

So is AP’s pessimism meter gone negative for today?

WashJeff on January 21, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I suspect that whenever he starts to feel a little optimistic, he self-medicates. Check for slurred posting by early afternoon.

TexasDan on January 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 12:04 PM

And while we’re at it, Barry…wear a tie at important events. You’re supposed to be the POTUS for goshsakes.

kingsjester on January 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Rush is on—boomstick ready to rock.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM

This here sums up the problem.

“I don’t think we have to wait for health care to be resolved one way or the other before we move to jobs,” said Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa. “We need to put a jobs bill on the table very soon, certainly in the next few weeks.”

The arrogant statists think (and want the unthinking among us to believe) that jobs are theirs to create and distribute. Any way one would look at that process ends up with more statism and redistribution.
It doesn’t reconcile with their closed-minded, self-importance that congress (and Barry Zero) need to get the h%#$ out of the free market’s way so that businesses can invest and grow and hire.

Tom_OC on January 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Love the pic!

Dusty on January 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM

I’m with you Libtired. SHe’s a lying skank. Wait a few days and then they’ll pull something after a few backroom deals.

hogfat on January 21, 2010 at 12:07 PM

As a bonus, Reid’s compromise forces them to vote on a 2 trillion debt limit increase prior to the state of the union.

lorien1973 on January 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Mitch McConnell bashers need to give Mitch a pat on the back for that pre-Christmas deal. It has, or at least should, paid off in spades.

WashJeff on January 21, 2010 at 12:07 PM

“The mega bills are dead. If we didn’t see what happened Tuesday night, we have blinkers on.”

This is why they fail. The term is “blinders”. If they can’t get a simple cliche` right, how do they expect anyone to have faith in their ability to govern?

It is not asking too much for elected officials to be smarter than the average bear.

Liberals…always a disappointment.

BobMbx on January 21, 2010 at 12:07 PM

We won this round. Go USA!

Liam on January 21, 2010 at 12:07 PM

The WH is in panic mode trying to re-write the SOTU address.

Obama is going to come out swinging with even more populous, fat cat, evil banks, profits, nonsense.

Who will make the next “YOU LIE” momment?

katy on January 21, 2010 at 12:07 PM

OhioCoastie on January 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Democrats = Cockroaches

brtex on January 21, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Holy crap, they just showed the video of Botox Nancy making the announcement that she didn’t have the votes.

She’s got big tears in her eyes.

HA HA HA, maybe she’ll melt.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2010 at 12:08 PM

It’s okay Nancy and Barry, just take the painkiller—it’d be better for you than passing this bill. Don’t worry a bit, this’ll all be over soon.

ted c on January 21, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Wow. That was fast.

TN Mom on January 21, 2010 at 12:09 PM

hogfat on January 21, 2010 at 12:07 PM

If they say they’re giving up on one option, you know they have something worse in their other hand. That’s how these people roll.

LibTired on January 21, 2010 at 12:09 PM

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