As suggested in my earlier piece, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-abrams/presidents-fox-interview_b_504033.html, House Democrats are now going to have two separate votes on health care reform, voting on the "fixes" to the Senate bill separately from the Senate bill itself.
This places the Republicans in a no-win political position.
If Republicans vote "no" on the fixes, they will have endorsed the deals in the Senate bill they have raised holy-hell about.
If they vote "yes" on those fixes, then the Democrats will have a bipartisan vote in the Senate plus the supermajority on the initial bill.
If Democrats pounce on this -- fanning out on the airwaves, describing the Republican vote whichever way it pans out - -they can change the political dynamic in the country instantaneously.
Either way, the air will have gone out of the Republicans' plans for 2010.
It would be nice, for once, to make political hay out of doing the right thing -- and for the Republicans to get their just desserts for their lying.
Will the Democrats pounce?
Don't count on it.
But, if they did, it just might make Republicans think twice before monolithically opposing the rest of the President's program.
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