I am up to my ears in a project today, but I wanted to make sure I wrote about something tonight.
Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says that even before the Massachusetts race the Democrats were preparing for the process of using “reconciliation” to pass the health care bill.
After the health care reform bill version have been merged into the piece of legislation that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid think has the best chance of passage, Reid can use the reconciliation tactic to push the bill through the Senate.
Under reconciliation, only 51 votes are needed to pass the bill. Rather than clearing the hurdle of the possibility of a filibuster, Reid can force the hand to push the bill through the Senate.
Whether or not Harry Reid choses to take this approach will all depend on the vote tomorrow night in Massachusetts. But then again, anything Harry Reid does to move the health care bill forward at all is going to cost him and his fellow Democrats heavily at the polls in November.
While we’re talking about the Senate race in Massachusetts, Van Hollen went on to state,
“Why would you hand the keys to the car back to the same guys whose policies drove the economy into the ditch and then walked away from the scene of the accident?”
Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a Democrat invoke Chappaquiddik like this before. Times sure are changing, aren’t they?
Tomorrow is going to be an interesting day.