Thursday, October 22, 2009

The unforgiving minute

Republican "bipartisanship" is like a rare subatomic particle: It's never found under ordinary circumstances, it's extremely difficult and expensive to produce artificially, and it has a half-life that can be measured with an egg timer.

After Health Vote, Democrats Like Snowe Better Than Republicans

Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, the lone Republican on the Senate Finance Committee to vote for its health care reform legislation, now gets significantly higher job approval marks from Democrats than she does from members of her own party, according to a Public Policy Polling survey conducted Oct. 16-19

This afternoon:
Snowe says she'll vote against public option

When it comes time to pass a final healthcare reform bill, Senate Democrats may need help from Maine's Olympia Snowe, the only Republican senator thus far to vote for a Democratic proposal. And if they do, that could spell doom for the public option.

Snowe was asked Thursday whether she'd vote for cloture -- that is, to end a filibuster -- on a bill that includes a provision for a government-run insurer. "I'd say I'm against a public option, so yes," she replied. Pressed further, "But would [the public option] be enough for you to say, 'I'm not going to proceed to this bill," Snowe reportedly nodded as she walked away.

Every minute and every drop of political capital that the White House spends on the chimera of bipartisan health care reform is wasted.

Minute's up.

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