Healthcare Update: GOP plan to fight off reconciliation: Amendment ‘Free for all’…

Which gives me an excuse to play Nugent, heh.


The GOP Senate leadership has privately settled on a strategy to derail health reform if Dems try to pass the Senate bill with a fix through reconciliation, aides say: Unleash an endless stream of amendments designed to stall for time and to force Dems to take untenable votes.

The aide described the planned GOP strategy as a “free for all of amendments,” vowing Dems would face “a mountain of amendments so politically toxic they’ll make the first health debate look like a post office naming.”

Senator Judd Gregg is getting some attention today because he vowed to make it an “extraordinarily difficult exercise” for Dems to pass the Senate bill through the House while getting the Senate to fix the bill with a “sidecar” through reconciliation…

…That means there’s no limit on the number of amendments GOPers can offer, the aide said, or on their subject matter. A senior Democratic aide confirmed that this is the case — and that it’s a concern weighing on Dems.

“If you bring a reconciliation bill to the Senate, it’s a free for all of amendments,” the GOP aide said, cautioning that this was only part of the overall strategy. “There is no way to limit the number of amendments that are voted on. You can’t close debate. Democrats will have to vote on every politically perilous amendment that you can possibly think of.”…

January 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes. Comments off.

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Obamapalooza ’10: Back on Tour

Axelrasputin and the Boyz are hitting the road again, bringing their ‘message’ to a venue near you.

Because that is what is really missing. More campaigning and rallies to allow The One to remind Americans of his ‘Oneness’. No change in actual policy, just more campaign stops.


…Obama has decided to strike a more populist tone and will take his message outside of Washington, crisscrossing the nation to sell his policies to voters much the way he did during the 2008 campaign.

…It also comes as many lawmakers and advisers are pressing the president to focus on the economy and return to his strength — campaigning. Many strategists see White House senior political adviser David Axelrod’s fingerprints all over the change in tactics.

Yes well, since campaigning is all Obama had done before he was elected I can see why they would push that as his special ‘strength’. Too bad  ‘governing’ wasn’t his skill eh?

…Even as he switches into his own campaign mode, Obama indicated on Monday that he is prepared to stand by his policies. In an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, Obama said he would “rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.

…Obama told Democratic lawmakers at their retreat earlier this month that he would make more of an appeal to working men and women by taking frequent trips around the country over the next year — following advice that some of them have been trying to give him for months….

Yes because Obama was such an asset on the campaign for Deeds, Corzine and Coakley!

January 26, 2010. Tags: , , , . Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

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