Obama on Slaughter strategy: “I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what the … rules are”; Update: “Combative” video added

posted at 5:18 pm on March 17, 2010 by Allahpundit

Don’t worry, he only means procedural rules. Like, say, the filibuster. Which he spent quite a bit of time worrying about when he was part of the minority in the Senate, oddly enough.

That quote’ll look awfully sweet on a 2012 campaign button.

“I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate,” Obama said. “What I can tell you is that the vote that’s taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform. And if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform. And I don’t think we should pretend otherwise. And if they don’t, if they vote against it, then they’re going to be voting against health care reform and they’re going to be voting in favor of the status quo.

“So Washington gets very concerned with these procedures in Congress, whether Republicans are in charge or Democrats are in charge,” he said.

By “very concerned,” I presume he means that Republicans will sue his ass if he tries this. Which they will: Jon Kyl told Hugh Hewitt that there’ll be lawsuits aimed at both the process and substance (read: the individual mandate) of the bill, and Virginia’s attorney general went so far as to send Pelosi a letter all but threatening a Supreme Court challenge if she goes ahead with the Slaughter strategy. In fact, Mark Levin’s legal foundation has already drafted the papers. All they’re waiting for is Pelosi to pull the trigger — which, as I’ve said all along, I suspect she won’t do. Too many risks, too few benefits. For what little it’s worth, a Freeper claims to have contacted John Barrow’s office this afternoon to complain about the Slaughter plan and been told that it was dead as of just 15 minutes before. Something to keep an eye on if you’re watching the wires.

Oh, forgot to mention: The Obama quote comes from The One’s trip this afternoon back to “the scene of the crime,” the video of which we’ll have later. Don’t worry about this being a spoiler; the tension between him and Bret Baier during the interview should make it worth watching regardless.

Update: Via Radio Vice Online, here’s the clip from this afternoon’s Shep. The One does not look pleased.


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Demoniacally possessed bill?

No wonder people want to kill it.

Stop it before it gets the kids!

Fake8 on March 18, 2010 at 9:10 AM

If this bill becomes law without passing both congressional chambers then it is taxation without representation.

Time for the 2nd American Revolution.

Gormm on March 18, 2010 at 9:10 AM

12 out of 26 pictures on the Hot Air line-up are of Obama. I sure get tired of looking at his mug.

Ernest on March 18, 2010 at 9:12 AM

http://www.bostonherald.com/business/general/view.bg?articleid=1240545

*new*

Pelosi’s own floor whip says he’s probably a “NO” vote and that Slaughter rule would hard Congress’ credibility.

cracks—widening.

ted c on March 18, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Not to worry. This worthless peckerwood will have plenty of time to read the NEW rules when we get him where we want him. Behind bars!!!

nukeemnow on March 18, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Not to worry. This worthless peckerwood will have plenty of time to read the NEW rules when we get him where we want him. Behind bars!!!
nukeemnow on March 18, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Be careful, worthless peckerwoods are going to get offended by that comparison.

Fake8 on March 18, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Not sure if anyone has posted it. The CBO numbers:

http://www.politico.com/livepulse/0310/CBO_numbers.html

jazzmo on March 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Smoke and mirrors.

jazzmo on March 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM

“I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate,” Obama said.

Those are words, that should NEVER be coming out from the mouth of someone who SWORE TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION

Razgriez on March 18, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Yah, you would think that the MSM’s wonderful “Constitutional scholar” might actually know what a Constitution is.

curved space on March 18, 2010 at 10:53 AM

If this bill becomes law without passing both congressional chambers then it is taxation without representation.
Time for the 2nd American Revolution.
Gormm on March 18, 2010 at 9:10 AM

If this bill passes without ALL parties having been represented at the table it IS “taxation without representation”.

Due to the fact “I Won!” decided to push this through WITHOUT ANY Republicans at the table (Just like his Stim bill) this IS “taxation without representation”.

DSchoen on March 18, 2010 at 3:28 PM

He’s above it all.

Akzed on March 18, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Wouldn’t a “Constitutional Professor” be all about the rules?

jpmn on March 18, 2010 at 5:05 PM

May the curse of Molly Malone and her nine illegitimate children chase Obama so far over the hills of damnation that God himself couldn’t find Obama with a telescope.

Fighton03 on March 19, 2010 at 1:54 AM

Remember how crestfallen liberals were when the Soviet Union broke up and the Berlin Wall came down? Well, the socialization of American healthcare and society at large is their long awaited revenge.

olesparkie on March 19, 2010 at 7:22 AM

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