Disgrace: House approves Slaughter strategy, 222-203

A travesty on top of a travesty. The boss emeritus has a list of the 28 Democrats who voted with the GOP, but that’s less interesting than Geraghty’s roll of wavering Dems who voted with Pelosi. A leading indicator that they’re planning to vote yes on the bill? Or a cheap ‘n easy way of appeasing The One for now in anticipation of a devastating no vote on Sunday? You make the call!


• Jason Altmire, Pennsylvania.
• John Barrow, Georgia.
• John Boccieri, Ohio.
• Allen Boyd, Florida.
• Leonard Boswell, Iowa.
• Joe Donnelly, Indiana.
• Brad Ellsworth, Indiana.
• Baron Hill, Indiana.
• Marcy Kaptur, Ohio.
• Dan Maffei, New York.
• Jim Marshall, Georgia.
• Jim Matheson, Utah.
• Michael McMahon, New York.
• Betsy Markey, Colorado.
• Patrick Murphy, Pennsylvania.
• Earl Pomeroy, North Dakota.
• Nick Rahall, West Virginia.
• Joe Sestak, Pennsylvania.
• Carol Shea Porter, New Hampshire.
• Ike Skelton, Missouri.
• Zach Space, Ohio.
• John Spratt, South Carolina.
• Charlie Wilson, Ohio.

Altmire dumped on the Slaughter strategy before voting for it. So did Stephen Lynch — who, interestingly, said he was a no on the bill itself just a few hours ago. My hunch is that they both want to vote no on O-Care but don’t want to be blamed for tying Pelosi’s hands in case she’s able to get to 216 by using Slaughter, so they’re throwing the leadership a bone on this vote. That’s the optimistic read. The pessimistic read is that Pelosi’s already gotten to 216 so they made a deal with her by which she agreed to cut them loose and let them vote their conscience on Sunday in return for playing ball today. Numerically, it almost has to be the case that a few Dems who voted for this will vote no on the final bill since there probably won’t be more than 216 or 217 for the latter. (Ike Skelton, who voted yes today, is a firm no on O-Care itself as far as I know.) The question is whether they have 222 who are willing to vote for it, with Pelosi left to decide which lucky five or six will be allowed to vote no on Sunday in the interests of self-preservation. Gulp.


But look. If you think this thing is headed for passage, which seems increasingly likely, your last best hope to kill it is through a court challenge. The filthier the process, the better the odds that SCOTUS will torpedo it down the line. I’m not so naive as to think that’s what Altmire and Skelton had in mind when they voted yes, but that may well be the effect. Three cheers for Slaughter!

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