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Heath Care and S&M: The Democrats Can't Complain

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Personally, I don't know how it can't feel good, at this point, to be a Democrat, which is one of those abrupt and confounding turnarounds from just a few weeks ago. Then, there was overwhelming certainty of a firestorm next November. Now, there's a health-care bill and an S&M bill.

Bear with me before I get to S&M. Health care is what the Republicans appear to be staking their future on. They are going to try to continue to fight about something that no one is fighting about anymore. This is more than the party of no, this is the party of peculiar obsession. What the Republicans had going for them while the bill was still being contested was apocalyptic language and the Democrats' inability to explain a largely inexplicable bill. But with the bill passed, it will be hard to get traction from apocalyptic language when, demonstrably, no apocalypse is occurring. What's more, the Democrats don't have to justify their bill anymore; they can now just blandly reassure. People hate justifications--but they love it when you reassure them.

Okay, S&M.

I have to say: One of the things about covering politics for any period of time is the rather constant background noise involving Republicans and their out-of-character sex lives. This is much different from the rumors about the sex lives of Democrats, which are always pretty-guys-and-gals-having-too-much-to-drink conventional stuff. Republican sex lives are, rumor-wise, substantially gay and very often kinky. Quite a few of the most prominent Republicans are featured in these breathtaking rumors. It would not be revealing much to say that there are endless theories about Karl Rove's sex life.

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