Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Crazy Caucus

Josh Marshall has an excellent article on the health care psychodrama. All his sources are anonymous (of course) but he makes a convincing case that roughly half of the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives plan to make policy decisinos based on injured pride.

The alleged utter insanity is illustrated by the following undocumented claims

"Others said that more than half of rank-and-file members would rather sacrifice some of the elements of the bill they like by seeking another Senate Republican's support to pass a compromise bill, rather than swallow the Senate bill as is."

So the current Senate bill is too conservative and they want to get a new bill from the new Senate ! That is insane.

It is not possible that any rank and file members think they will get a better bill with one Republican's support. Note the alleged plan is to get cloture on the new bill. This only makes sense as an expression of injured pride -- they won't just say yes to the Senate, not because of the public interest, but because they want to prove that they have dicks as big as senators.

p.s. I was trying to avoid using that word and managed up until the last line.

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