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BzaDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-09-09 05:19 PM
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125. Why couldn't Clinton even pass a bill in the house?
We had the same numerical majority then. Why couldn't Clinton "ruffle some feathers" and "bang some heads" and "twist some arms" and all the other nonsense cliches to get even the House to pass healthcare?

There is no model for this. There is little Obama can offer them. If he starts threatening them, they may simply join the Republican party (as several did in 1994/1995). It certainly wouldn't hurt the Blue Dogs electoral futures. While this may cause cheers on DU, that wouldn't help healthcare reform get passed one bit.

Clinton actually picked up his veto pen and threatened to veto any bill without universal coverage (meaning at the time an employer mandate). That simply meant he never got a bill to sign.
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