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Democracy Inaction

posted at 3:39 pm on January 15, 2010 by

Could this be the magic “exit strategy” for the Democrats to extract themselves from mounting voter opposition to ObamaCare from all sides? Here is my late-night, bleary-eyed scenario:

  1. The Democrats deliberately drag out discussions on the House-Senate compromise bill.
  2. They hope and pray that Republican Scott Brown beats Democrat Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts senatorial election. (Actually, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee can ensure Coakley’s defeat by forcing her to campaign where voters can see her, rather than in smoke-filled rooms with lobbyists.)
  3. Assuming Brown wins, the DSCC could lean hard on Massachusetts election officials to certify the election ASAP; if necessary, a couple of SEIU mafiosi can sit on Coakley’s head until certification, to prevent her from trying to sue her way into the U.S. Senate.
  4. After certification and Brown’s official seating in the Senate, congressional Democrats quickly finish the bill and submit it to the full Senate.
  5. Scott Brown makes good his threat to vote against cloture, becoming the 41st and determinative vote.
  6. The bill dies, everybody’s face is saved — “We did everything we could! It’s those darned Republicans!” — and Democrats can spend 2010 bemoaning the “obstructionist” GOP, rather than having to defend a government-run health-care scheme that everybody hates, Left and Right alike.

It’s a win-win scenario! I wonder if the majority is already considering it?

Impishly cross-posted on Big Lizards

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You have forgotten the Dems’ secret weapons — Maine’s twin harpies. Should Brown be elected and vote no to the insurance scam bill, one of them is sure to step up to the plate and vote yes.

erp on January 15, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Nope, don’t see it. What I see is ACORN and the democrat party loyalists stuffing ballot boxes, Croaker wins, Health Care passes, and congress moves on to saving the environment.

Skandia Recluse on January 15, 2010 at 3:58 PM

I also think Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins will step in if Brown takes over Kirk’s seat and another D (like Nelson) drops out. They’ve only voted “no” so far because the bill was able to pass cloture without them. That kind of strategy is why these things come down to one vote more often than would seem likely… the Senators game it that way.

joe_doufu on January 15, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Erp, Joe_doufu:

Ah, but if the Democrats wanted to use the Republican filibuster as a way to walk back from passing a bill that will hurt them in November, wouldn’t they also pass the word to the Maine twins to keep voting against cloture?

It all hinges on whether Democrats think it’s best to pass it and defend it — or whine about the GOP killing it.

Dafydd

Dafydd ab Hugh on January 15, 2010 at 11:21 PM