Video: House Dems cancel committee meetings, go behind closed doors for ObamaCare

posted at 2:00 pm on March 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Well, as Glenn Reynolds likes to say, they told me that if I voted for John McCain, we’d get nothing but backroom deals on Capitol Hill … and they were right! Faced with caucus members who aren’t responding to the normal arm-twisting, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer abruptly canceled scheduled committee hearings to call the party leadership into closed-door conference to plot strategy and tactics. That left Fox News with no one to discuss the events except Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who also covered the Eric Massa controversy:


Apparently, the White House is trying to put an end to the very dealmaking Pelosi has decided to push in her off-line meetings — and Democrats resent Obama’s “grandstanding” on clean government principles:

The White House is pushing to strip out a number of “sweetheart” deals in the Senate bill as Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Democrats are unlikely to make the March 18 deadline set by President Obama for passage, an indication the House speaker doesn’t have the votes to pass it. …

Pelosi had ordered committee chairmen to postpone their hearings Thursday so lawmakers could finish backroom negotiations.

Democratic leaders insisted a deal is near, despite several unanswered questions, whether it’s expanding Medicaid or Medicare, tax-funded abortion service, special kickbacks for resistant lawmakers or the untallied costs.

Obama already has moved to eliminate a couple of special deals in the Senate bill that turned off voters when they became public, including extra Medicaid funding for Nebraska — derided by critics as the “cornhusker kickback” and Medicare coverage for residents of Libby, Mont., who suffer from asbestos-related illnesses because of a now-closed mining operation.

“Not helpful” is how one senior congressional Democratic aide called the effort.

“This is totally not necessary,” the aide said. “We’re trying to put together a bill, while they’re just exposing more sausage-making.”

“I mean, give me a break,” the aide continued. “This is just grandstanding. We’re trying to put together a bill, while the White House plays to the good government crowd.”

Gee, would that be the same “open, honest government” that Obama, Reid, and Pelosi pledged in the 2008 campaign? Glad to hear Democrats confirm that they were just “grandstanding” at that time. We had already surmised it, of course, but it’s good to get confirmation.

Pelosi has insisted that she has the votes to pass it, but the sudden dive behind closed doors suggests otherwise. If they had the votes, they’d produce the bill and schedule the roll-call vote.


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Reid, if you are going to do it. Do it. Don’t sing it. Just bring it. You bunch of self-aggrandizing cowardly socialists.

kingsjester on March 11, 2010 at 2:37 PM

It’s a good thing we have a ‘Free and Independent’ press to keep our elected leaders in check…

Otherwise, I would really start getting pretty worried.

Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on March 11, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Obama already has moved to eliminate a couple of special deals in the Senate bill

Wow… Obama got the Line Item Veto??? Did I miss that?

Because thats the only way HE can affect Legislation that has already passed the Senate.

Or is this just more “spin” coming from the Whitehouse…

Or, does the Constitution just not matter anymore?

Romeo13 on March 11, 2010 at 2:38 PM

If I express my HATE FOR OBAMA”S HEALTHCARE, am I racist?

Cybergeezer on March 11, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Probably. Because afterall….you can’t be against socialist, tyrranical policies that will destroy the country you love, and not be a racist for wanting to preserve freedom, and liberty. *sigh*

capejasmine on March 11, 2010 at 2:38 PM

The Republicans better have a strategy to fight and defeat this. I get the feeling they are sitting on the fence.

rjoco1 on March 11, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Romeo13 on March 11, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Has the constitution mattered since this bone head became president?

capejasmine on March 11, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Mary in LA on March 11, 2010 at 2:32 PM

I found one at:
http://teaparty.freedomworks.org/
Do you have the same?

Cybergeezer on March 11, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Because thats the only way HE can affect Legislation that has already passed the Senate.

Romeo13 on March 11, 2010 at 2:38 PM

If the House passes the Senate bill, the bribes will be passed into law.

ROCnPhilly on March 11, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Has the constitution mattered since this bone head became president?

capejasmine on March 11, 2010 at 2:39 PM

This is a rhetorical question, yes?

Midas on March 11, 2010 at 2:42 PM

The meeting’s over and Fox is reporting that Nancy stated she still doesn’t have the votes.

Knucklehead on March 11, 2010 at 2:05 PM

I guess flirting with the leaning no crowd didn’t work for her. :-0

My guess is that there are too many Democrats who either through fear about November or some remaining shred of integrity are balking at any process which produces legislation that is going to set off a firestorm of public outrage (and think again if deeming a bill into law isn’t going to be the spark that starts that fire). Not even HA’s regular propagandists for Obamacare have been around to defend the action of their people.

That being said, it is interesting to watch this political version of good cop/bad cop where the Executive Branch talks about straight up votes while the Legislative Branch skulks into backroom deals to sweeten the pot for some Congressmen to commit Sepuku for the filthy lying coward in the White House. In the end they all look corrupt.

highhopes on March 11, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Think they are going behind closed doors for a tickle fight?

Ghost of Patton on March 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Waterboarding.

katy the mean old lady on March 11, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Wow… Obama got the Line Item Veto??? Did I miss that?

Because thats the only way HE can affect Legislation that has already passed the Senate.

Or is this just more “spin” coming from the Whitehouse…

Or, does the Constitution just not matter anymore?

Romeo13 on March 11, 2010 at 2:38 PM

They are just making it up as they go – you can’t expect them to keep the stories straight at the pace they are spinning, can you?

Vashta.Nerada on March 11, 2010 at 2:42 PM

At this point, I am up for anything.
TXMomof3 on March 11, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Sturgis 2010.

Bring your gear, your spouse and your earplugs.

Bishop on March 11, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Cybergeezer and all,

Details of the March 16 and April 15 marches are at
http://teaparty.freedomworks.org/

Mary in LA on March 11, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Think they are going behind closed doors for a tickle fight?

Ghost of Patton on March 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Waterboarding.

katy the mean old lady on March 11, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Bribery of the vilest sort.

ROCnPhilly on March 11, 2010 at 2:43 PM

The Republicans better have a strategy to fight and defeat this. I get the feeling they are sitting on the fence.

rjoco1 on March 11, 2010 at 2:39 PM

You need to have a little faith after the way they cleaned the filthy lying coward’s clock at that healthcare summit.

highhopes on March 11, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Cybergeezer,
Yes, that’s the one! You must type faster than I do.
:-)

Mary in LA on March 11, 2010 at 2:44 PM

They are just making it up as they go – you can’t expect them to keep the stories straight at the pace they are spinning, can you?

Vashta.Nerada on March 11, 2010 at 2:42 PM

LOL… yeah… too many “hard pivots” becomes a spin…

And they gotta be gettin dizzy with all the spinnin going on!

Romeo13 on March 11, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Closed doors eh?

Probably waterboarding a few cantankerous Dems.

fogw on March 11, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Sorry katy, missed that post.

fogw on March 11, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Pelosi: After we pass the bill, we’ll let you read it.

(behind closed doors) Shhhh, don’t anybody say what’s in the bill! Just vote for it!

Now what did Obama say about a pig in a poke with lipstick?

Steve Z on March 11, 2010 at 2:51 PM

I expect it was a short meeting because people wanted to talk about how the Massa scandal will hurt them in the fall, not Obamacare.

No doubt they recall the “Culture of Corruption” ads in 2006, with Abramoff and Foley and whatever GOP pol was running.

Just substitute: Rangel, Massa and any Dem….

Wethal on March 11, 2010 at 2:56 PM

When we get behind closed doors,
and she lets her hair hang down,

MarkTheGreat on March 11, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Ackkk–need mind bleach!!!

lovingmyUSA on March 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM

lovingmyUSA on March 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM

That’s okay. I just got through throwing up.

kingsjester on March 11, 2010 at 3:01 PM

When we get behind closed doors,
and she lets her hair hang down,

MarkTheGreat on March 11, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Now I have to throw away all of my Charlie Rich albums.

thomasaur on March 11, 2010 at 3:03 PM

lovingmyUSA on March 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM

kingsjester on March 11, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Yeah…me too. Blahhhhh…

ladyingray on March 11, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Mary in LA on March 11, 2010 at 2:44 PM

(Got a decent connection speed.)
I just called for info on a group going from my area and my Congressman’s office didn’t know anything about it; They said to call the Republican Party!
There must be something very important going on in that office; Like somebody’s birthday, or something.

Cybergeezer on March 11, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Just so ya’ll are aware of it, the ‘rats are working on a Plan B.

And no, it ain’t no joke.

And then there’s this.

I dunno, it’s starting to look like a cross between full turbo ‘PANIC MODE‘, and world-class goat rope.

CPT. Charles on March 11, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Aided and abetted by MSM, SEIU and AFL-CIO and the socialist party.

bluegrass on March 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Gotta march now or later! I’m getting tuned up for more.

Cybergeezer on March 11, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Think they are going behind closed doors for a tickle fight?

Ghost of Patton on March 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM
Waterboarding.

katy the mean old lady on March 11, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Seems the pitbull has lost her teeth–could be why some members were noted to be walking in a perculiar way…

lovingmyUSA on March 11, 2010 at 3:18 PM

CPT. Charles on March 11, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Yes, it’s not like they feel they actually need follow the Constitution or anything. /sarc
Makes you wonder how many other ways they’re cooking up to try and piss us off.

Chip on March 11, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Think they are going behind closed doors for a tickle fight?

Ghost of Patton on March 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Waterboarding.

katy the mean old lady on March 11, 2010 at 2:42 PM
Bribery of the vilest sort.

ROCnPhilly on March 11, 2010 at 2:43 PM

I don’t think Nancy brought enough lotion this time…

lovingmyUSA on March 11, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Did the GOP lose the phone number to the Supreme Court?

Extrafishy on March 11, 2010 at 3:40 PM

When have the Democrats ever let the Constitution stop them doing anything? The New Deal, The Great Society? Entitlement programs? How are any of those Constitutional?

flytier on March 11, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Did the GOP lose the phone number to the Supreme Court?
Extrafishy on March 11, 2010 at 3:40 PM

The Supreme Court isn’t some service where you text a question, pay $.99, and get an answer. Getting the SCOTUS to listen to a case is a very serious event, and I’m sure the GOP knows when such a move would be warranted.

joejm65 on March 11, 2010 at 3:50 PM

These people are despicable beyond belief. They don’t care what the people want, this is all about egos and power trips.

scalleywag on March 11, 2010 at 3:55 PM

New on twitter:

allahpundit RT @philipaklein: Paul Ryan tells me Dems will start process on Monday by ramming “shell” HC bill thru committee:

lovingmyUSA on March 11, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Just a reminder to everyone from Mr. Gibbs:
“The president works each and every day on making our economy stronger and putting us in a position to where we’re creating jobs, businesses are hiring again,” Gibbs said. “I can certainly assure the American people that that is the chief focus of the president of the United States.”

Guess he was referring to Indonesia’s economy.

And we all can see that Pelosi certainly got the “economy” message…

Oopsdaisy on March 11, 2010 at 5:23 PM

New on twitter:

allahpundit RT @philipaklein: Paul Ryan tells me Dems will start process on Monday by ramming “shell” HC bill thru committee:

lovingmyUSA on March 11, 2010 at 5:00 PM

I just posted a comment that stated almost exactly that: That they’d have everybody vote on a bill, then fill in the details after it passed.
They’re scum!

Cybergeezer on March 11, 2010 at 5:34 PM

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