Monday, March 22, 2010

Historic moment -- and not one, single Republican vote. You could say they out-Foxed themselves.

Historic Moment and Not One Republican Vote
This was the scene last night as we watched the vote count on C-SPAN -- the moment that House approval of the Senate health care bill received the 216 votes required for passage (the Democrats eventually added three more). Not one Republican vote.

All over America, there were sighs of relief today as people began to understand some of the immediate benefits of health care reform. A lot of that anti-health care rhetoric of the Republican right is going to start looking really stupid really fast. To me, the Republicans -- by adopting the talk radio wingnut approach to health care reform -- looked a lot like lemmings rushing off the cliff into the sea.

T pointed me to a David Frum post that employed a different metaphor. He called it the Republican Waterloo.
No illusions please: This bill will not be repealed. Even if Republicans scored a 1994 style landslide in November, how many votes could we muster to re-open the “doughnut hole” and charge seniors more for prescription drugs? How many votes to re-allow insurers to rescind policies when they discover a pre-existing condition? How many votes to banish 25 year olds from their parents’ insurance coverage? And even if the votes were there – would President Obama sign such a repeal?

We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat.
There's another metaphor that applies. You could say the Republicans out-Foxed themselves. And seriously underestimated Barack Obama.

2 comments:

Cybergabi said...

I was typing myself bloody fingers in the last two days by trying to discuss it with some hard-core Christian Republicans on Facebook. Arguments were really adventurous: Everything from "I don't want to pay for abortion" over "it's unconstitutional" to " The federal government should simply fix our roads, help our allies and protect our country from terrorists but beyond that they should simply stay out of our way."

I've also come across some really scary websites just by following links in posts from some of these people. I had no idea it was THAT bad. Is Madison really just those n square miles surrounded by reality?

I could get nightmares.

leedav said...

I may never again breath as big a sigh of relief. Of course I'm glad it passed but I am most pleased that I won't have to listen to the other side anymore.