Awesome: GOP congressman to delay resignation so he can vote no on ObamaCare; Update: Another Dem flipping to no?

posted at 4:15 pm on March 4, 2010 by Allahpundit

Yesterday they needed 216 to pass it, now they need 217. Like Ace says: Nomentum.

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal will delay his resignation from Congress by three weeks, citing intense pressure from House Republican leaders to remain and vote against President Barack Obama’s plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system…

News of Deal’s decision was inadvertently broken by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, who congratulated Deal on his decision.

On Monday, before 100 supporters at the Gainesville Civic Center, Deal said he would leave Congress, effective March 8, in order to devote all his time to his campaign for governor.

Obama could in theory push the vote back into April or May to wait Deal out and force him to resign before the bill comes to the floor, but after Gibbs set a deadline of March 18 for passage this morning, he’ll look like an even weaker chump than usual if he does that.

A quick Democratic head count: Shelley Berkley, who voted yes in November, is a likely no this time. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and Frank Kratovil — who was named in that dopey AP piece a few days ago as a possible flip to yes — voted no last time and say they’re voting that way again. The only way to flip all three? The Senate has to pass Obama’s “fix” to Reid’s Senate bill before the House votes on anything. If they do it the other way, with the House passing Reid’s bill first, there’s a chance that reconciliation could collapse in the Senate, leaving the House stuck with the Reid bill they pretty much all hate (albeit for different reasons).

Geraghty’s been doing yeoman’s work trying to figure out precisely what has to happen for Pelosi to get to 217. According to his latest calculation, every last pro-life Democrat who’s threatening to vote no with Stupak this time would have to flip to yes; if even one of them votes no — which seems exceedingly likely — it’s all over. And that assumes that House progressives will fall in line and stick with their yes votes from November. By no means is that a sure thing; remember, Raul Grijalva says he’s “pretty certain” that several liberals are ready to walk away this time. In fact, Roll Call claims they were pestering The One at last night’s White House health-care huddle about possibly reviving, er, the public option. Good luck with that, champ. The long and short of it is, unless I’ve missed a story somewhere, not a single Democrat who voted no before has committed to flipping to yes this time. The momentum is entirely the other way.

One thing I don’t get: Why can’t the Senate pass Obama’s “fix” to Reid’s bill before the House votes on anything? It would solve all their problems with wavering House Democrats. The argument, as I understand it, is that the fix can only be “reconciled” with existing legislation, which means Obama would have to sign something into law first. But if they’re willing to go this far to pass this travesty, why not go a little further and ignore that detail? If the GOP takes them to court, the Dems can plead separation of powers to try to keep the Supremes from intervening. Why not do it? What else do they have to lose? Our leader told us yesterday that passing this is the right thing to do. That should be enough, no?

Exit quotation from lefty Sherrod Brown, vowing pushback if the GOP tries to obstruct reconciliation: “If they’re going to try to filibuster in the traditional sense or the more modern sense that they do, they’re going to have pain, too.”

Update: Are my eyes playing tricks on me or is that a thin crack in the dam starting to appear?…

Republicans are trying to turn up the heat on House Democrats who may be wavering on health-care legislation, including freshman Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore.

Schrader’s office said Wednesday that the congressman has not yet made any commitments on whether he would vote for the Senate-passed version of health-care reform. “Kurt’s commited to moving forward on health care,” said spokesman James Atkin, but he wants to study the bill first before making a commitment.

Schrader made some noise about voting no in November too before ultimately voting yes, but if the dam starts to burst, expect him to bail early this time.


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We need a Surge in the House and Senate to erase every thing done by these Communists! It works for the military. Let’s rid the government of these incompetent fools once and for all! Remember these actions in November! The resentment of the voters should sweep every Democrat out of every office in the nation.

Marco on March 4, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Sherrod Brown sucks. But Voinovich isn’t much better.

Can’t wait to vote Rob Portman in as Voino’s replacement in November. I’ll have to wait to vote against Brown in 2014.

Wake up, Ohioans. We deserve better.

BuckeyeSam on March 4, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Serrod Brown, Steve Driehaus, they all suck. Ohio made a terrible mistake and these losers will never get re-elected here.

RustBelt on March 4, 2010 at 5:32 PM

What the hell has [Rep. Kurt Schrader] been doing he last 10 months?

barnone on March 4, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Think chickens.

WashJeff on March 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Don’t know how many others did this, but I’m in his congressional district and I wrote to him as soon as I heard about his retirement announcement, asking him to delay for the sake of the Obamacare vote.

Thanks Rep. Deal for giving me satisfaction.

John E. on March 4, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I still can’t bring myself to put the cart before the horse. It seems to me, that every dem seems to have their price, and in my mind, it’s possible that’s what these socialists are waiting for.

A perk, a deal, to add drama to this, to divert the rest of us, from what might really be going on. We’ve heard so many versions over the past year, that it’s hard to know what’s truly going on.

I try to remain optimistic, and with this news, it sounds good. I just have to get past the….is it to good to be true?

capejasmine on March 4, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Why do democrats have to ruin everything? It’s like they are King Midas, except everything they touch turns to crap.

tommer74 on March 4, 2010 at 5:43 PM

The Dem and liberal voters who are pushing for passage of this bill seem to forget that this whole thing doesn’t kick in until after 2013. Historically, since FDR the ONLY Democratic president to serve more than one term has been Clinton (and then only because he veered towards the right after the 1994 mid-term elections). Republicans have occupied the Executive Office for many more years than the Democrats.

The way the Healthcare bill is structured, the Department of Health and Human Services is in charge of ALL healthcare decisions. Guess who APPOINTS the Secretary of HHS, who then staffs the HHS department? That’s right – the president.

Those folks better think long and hard about how they feel about a Republican administration making their healthcare decisions for them before they throw all of their weight behind passage of this bill, and this message needs to go out to all of the liberal blogs – “A vote for Obamacare is a vote for future Republican administrations to decide how much healthcare you get to have”.

In the immortal words of Ron White, “That oughta shut ‘em up”….

TeresainFortWorth on March 4, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Sherrod Brown sucks. But Voinovich isn’t much better.

Can’t wait to vote Rob Portman in as Voino’s replacement in November. I’ll have to wait to vote against Brown in 2014.

Wake up, Ohioans. We deserve better.

BuckeyeSam on March 4, 2010 at 4:25 PM

I moved from Ohio in 2006, had I not I would have voted for Sherrod Brown. DeWine had not earned my vote. I could not vote the lesser of two evils any longer. Thank goodness for the tea parties. Maybe Portman will act like a real conservative.

Theworldisnotenough on March 4, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Obama is mistaken in forcing the issue. If he can’t get Democrats i the house to pass it, then this looks alot like a no confidence vote for Obama. Multiply the failure by the campaigning he plans to do for Senate candidates. When they lose in November he becomes a lame duck waiting for 1/15/2013.

Theworldisnotenough on March 4, 2010 at 5:53 PM

This is absolutely hilarious. Deal postpones his campaign, and it will actually help him more than campaigning.

Vashta.Nerada on March 4, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Hopefully more will flip. Not only on healthcare.

I always thought HopeIgetRe-elected was stronger than HopeandChange.

Then again, the virtual no-show jobs available in D.C. never seem to run out.

reaganaut on March 4, 2010 at 6:06 PM

This is absolutely hilarious. Deal postpones his campaign, and it will actually help him more than campaigning.

Vashta.Nerada on March 4, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Do you live in GA? Because I do and I’m not convinced anything helps him. Do you know why he resigned? Hint: it was more than just wanting to campaign.

PrincipledPilgrim on March 4, 2010 at 6:27 PM

“A vote for Obamacare is a vote for future Republican administrations to decide how much healthcare you get to have”.

In the immortal words of Ron White, “That oughta shut ‘em up”….

TeresainFortWorth on March 4, 2010 at 5:50 PM

A long time ago (right after inauguration?) that one day the dems would be sorry b/c all of this heavy-handedness structure they are putting in place will one day be used against them. The dems are setting the precedent.

PrincipledPilgrim on March 4, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Oops. My bad. Need to proofread!

A long time ago (right after inauguration?) I remember Rush saying that one day the dems would be sorry b/c all of this heavy-handedness structure they are putting in place will one day be used against them. The dems are setting the precedent.

PrincipledPilgrim on March 4, 2010 at 6:30 PM

PrincipledPilgrim on March 4, 2010 at 6:31 PM

You forgot a link.

WashJeff on March 4, 2010 at 4:43 PM

This one is good, too.

ya2daup on March 4, 2010 at 6:33 PM

High drama. I hope they enjoy it while their jobs last.

Mojave Mark on March 4, 2010 at 6:42 PM

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal will delay his resignation from Congress by three weeks, citing intense pressure from House Republican leaders to remain and vote against President Barack Obama’s plan to overhaul nationlize the nation’s health care system…

FIFY MSM

angryed on March 4, 2010 at 6:51 PM

speaking of Deal postponing his campaign to vote against socialized medicine, Pilgrim advises us:

“Do you live in GA? Because I do and I’m not convinced anything helps him. Do you know why he resigned? Hint: it was more than just wanting to campaign.”

Pilgrim, if you have insights the rest of us don’t please let us know the REAL reason he resigned.

alwyr on March 4, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Republicans are trying to turn up the heat on House Democrats who may be wavering on health-care legislation, including freshman Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore.

Let’s remind Rep. Kurt Schrader what his constituents thought about health care reform at his recent Town Hall meeting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiPxh1jf3gg

Then call your Reps to find out when they have scheduled their Town Hall Meetings during the upcoming “District Work Period” which begins on March 29!

Don’t forget to share your videos of the Town Hall Meetings you attend!

wren on March 4, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Obama could in theory push the vote back into April or May to wait Deal out and force him to resign before the bill comes to the floor, but after Gibbs set a deadline of March 18 for passage this morning, he’ll look like an even weaker chump than usual if he does that.

What does the chump reference mean there? Was that meant to be something else?

antisocial on March 4, 2010 at 10:28 PM

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