March 12, 2010

March Madness

Nor stands it safe with us / To let his madness range.
--Shakespeare
Like the tense last moments in an NCAA tourney game - though with none of the excellence except with respect to parliamentary procedures - we wait to see if the "health" care "bill" passes. Michael Barone writes:
Mrs. Pelosi may have some votes in reserve—members who would have voted yes if she needed them in November and would do so again. But we can be pretty sure she doesn't have more than 10, or she wouldn't have allowed the Stupak amendment to come forward at the last minute the first time. She also might get one or two votes from members who voted no and later announced they were retiring. But that's not enough—and there are other complications.
What's fascinating is the question of how many House members in unsafe seats will be willing to fall on their sword and potentially end their careers. Courage is intrinsically interesting, isn't it? Regardless of the merits or demerits of the proposed legislation, the roll call will eventually tell the story in naked black and white script. (Although I hear that Pelosi is trying to convolute it so that the members would be voting on some sort of procedural thing and thus be able to "defend" their vote to their constituencies.)

Be nice if we'd get Medicare right first. Having had first-hand experience of it via aging relatives, if that program is any sort of preview of coming attractions it doesn't lend confidence. To put it mildly.

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