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Only One GOPsmacked Fool!

posted at 2:20 am on November 8, 2009 by

Today, the House of Representatives passed the aptly named SqueakerCare bill… “aptly named” for two reasons:

  • It was introduced, and the favorable vote extorted, by Squeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Haight-Ashbury, 100%);
  • It squeaked by with 220 Ayes to 215 Nays… 218 being the bare minimum needed for passage.

The bill stalled out until Pelosi was forced to allow a vote on the Stupak Amendment, which stripped funding for abortions from the bill (possibly); that amendment prevailed by 240-194 — much stronger support than for SqueakerCare itself. This may not be the last word on the abortion issue, however:

Democrats were forced to make major concessions on insurance coverage for abortions to attract the final votes to secure passage, a wrenching compromise for the numerous abortion-rights advocates in their ranks.

Many of them hope to make changes to the amendment during negotiations with the Senate, which will now become the main battleground in the health care fight as Democrats there ready their own bill for what is likely to be extensive floor debate.

No word in either the New York Times article or the AP article on whether there was any resolution of the controversy over covering illegal aliens.

(The Republican plan was dismissed by Democrats — even the Blue Dogs — in a near party-line vote; only Rep. Tim Johnson, RINO-IL, 68% crossed party lines to vote against the GOP substitute health-care reform plan.)

Every dog has his silver lining, and the bright spot of this bill was that out of 177 Republicans voting (I think that’s all of them), the total number who voted for SqueakerCare was… one: Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA, not yet rated). By contrast, 39 Democrats voted against the bill, with 219 in favor, of course.

That means Republican defectors did not hand the Democrats the victory, as I had feared they might; it would still have passed without the vote of the sacred Cao. Thank goodness for pitifully small favors!

Amusingly, one Democrat who voted for the bill was newly minted Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY, not yet rated)… despite the fact that the bill contains numerous provisions that Owens swore during his election campaign he would never support. It took Owens all of eleven hours and sixteen minutes to toss those promises into the dustbin of liberalism.

I’m certain that Conservative (and soon to be Republican) candidate Doug Hoffman is cataloging all such InstaLies for his rematch next year.

Cross-posted to Big Lizards

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One too many…

Hawkins1701 on November 8, 2009 at 6:57 AM

As I said in another thread:

1/220 = .45%

It’s bipartisan homeopathy.

Terry_Dyne on November 8, 2009 at 7:45 AM

The fact that they are willing to vote for this idiocy shows that the true game is not health care.

texabama on November 8, 2009 at 8:10 AM

I don’t know much about Cao but I believe he holds cold cash jeffersons district and he only voted the way he did after the outcome was known ….I suspect the republican leadership gave the O.K. on his vote but I am only guessing

Aggie95 on November 8, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Maybe a lot of new Katrina dollars traded for Cao’s vote, or Federal funding for a new ACORN casino in his district.

Let’s all pray that the Senate keeps this balloon on the ground till after Novemeber ’10.

Robert17 on November 8, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Cao will find out in less than six months that while the Dems are happy with his vote, they want his seat back.

They will probably run an African American against him, given the district makeup, and maybe even have Obama do some tv commercials for the Dem.

So much for Obama’s great promises to “work with” Cao on the needs of the district. Obama can just as easily work with a Dem on them, too.

Wethal on November 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Aggie95 on November 8, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Yes, he does have Jefferson’s old seat.

Wethal on November 8, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Cao’s toast, either from a new Dem challenger or a GOP one in the next primary.

The Dems won’t keep him, and the GOP will run someone else against him.

Midas on November 8, 2009 at 3:23 PM

When your existing septic drain field is saturated to the point where it seeps into the neighbor’s yard, what can you do for that neighbor? You ask the neighbor what will it take to ignore the mess, right? The neighbor says to allow an easement or to remove that tree that has blocked the view. And for good measure, forget about that debt owed by them to you from a previous arrangement.

Removing the funding of abortions from the bill was the tree & foregoing the accumulated districts debt of hurricane relief sure makes for an appealling turn.

Our country was built in part on the ability to compromise, but when you participate in this shell game of erasing the debt of a local problem at the expence of 1/6 of the nations economy, people are going to recognize that you’ve have surrendered your conservative principles for the [spreading the wealth - cancelling an accrued debt] liberal-democratic form of a constituency.

True – Joe Cao’s vote was not a factor in the bill passing but it is a disappointment to those who believed that he stood for principles and not for a government mandated health care bill. How could someone in good conscience vote for a government health care bill that plans to takeover more of the private sector? His days as a congressman may soon be over because he traded down instead of up. It is a shame because the guy he replaced was a crook. Now, what can he do but accept the fact that he is no longer a person who can speak for the big “R” republican brand? When will he change his party affiliation? Before the RNC helps fund his next congressional run or after he wins his district in 2010.

Americannodash on November 8, 2009 at 5:28 PM

I am undecided about Cao and until I learn more will remain open

Aggie95 on November 8, 2009 at 10:12 PM