From The New York Times:
Given hardening Republican opposition to Congressional health care proposals, Democrats now say they see little chance of the minority’s cooperation in approving any overhaul, and are increasingly focused on drawing support for a final plan from within their own ranks.
The White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said of Republican lawmakers, “Only a handful seem interested in the type of comprehensive reform that so many people believe is necessary to ensure the principles and the goals that the president has laid out.”
How many months did it take the Democrats to figure out that there is no common ground? How many months has Obama been in office? Seven. I think that’s the right answer: seven. Seven months wasted trying to be nice to a party that has shown from day one that all they intend to do is play the obstruction card until the day they die. And die they will. Obama could have hastened their death by instructing Pelosi and Reid to move forward with the Democratic agenda the people voted for in overwhelming numbers last November, but instead he tried being nice – for way too long.
Forget about the Republicans. They are nothing but a bunch of xenophobic dinosaurs. What they need is a fireball from Heaven (or Hell, I don’t care) to incinerate them and put them out of their misery. Let’s hope that this signal from the Democrats, that they will move forward without Republican concensus, is a sign of things to come – a Democratic fireball (I know… Democrat and fireball, an oxymoron). But the point is, it’s better to work with the dissenting Blue Dogs in their own party to get the 60 votes they need to push through a filibuster-proof bill than to try and pick up votes from the obstructionists.
And while I’m on the topic of filibusters, why is it that Democrats think that every bill they want to push through has to be filibuster proof? Last I heard, Congress can pass a bill with a simple majority. Sure this health-care legislation is a big deal, and a filibuster-proof majority may very well be what it takes. But every bill? I don’t think so. Let the Republicans filibuster. Let them be on record as being obstructionists when the votes are lined up 59-41 in favor of a Democratic bill that has overwhelming public support. Let them do it! Let’s see how many times they do that before the mid-term elections and then see how that builds their ranks.
So Democrats, take the wheel of this new car built on Hope and Change and steer us in the direction we want to go. Leave the dinosaurs behind in their outdated greed mobiles. The few Republicans who wake up and decide they want to follow can catch a ride in a Prius cab.