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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:05 AM
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Grassley: I Cant Back Bill Now Because Dems Might Do Bill Without Me Later

The evidence that GOP Senator Chuck Grassley isnt serious about negotiating a bipartisan health care compromise is beyond overwhelming at this point, but heres still more.

As you may have heard, Grassley announced in a statement last night that he cant support the health care bill that is expected from the Senate Finance Committee today, citing concerns about abortion and illegal immigrants. But I wanted to focus on this amusing nugget from Grassleys statement:

On top of all that, theres no guarantee that a Finance Committee bill, even if it becomes bipartisan, will stay that way after it leaves the committee. An overriding issue for some time has been the fact that members of the Democratic leadership havent made a commitment to back a broad bipartisan bill through the entire process.


Grassleys position really appears to be that a key reason he cant back the bill now is that Dems havent sworn a blood-oath not to do a bill alone later if no bill emerges that can get broad Republican support. This amounts to asking Dems to promise in advance to do nothing at all in the event that a broad number of Repubicans dont agree to get behind some kind of compromise bill.

By this standard, in order to satisfy Grassleys definition of true bipartisanship, Dems quite literally must cede all their power and leverage in advance, even as Republicans are refusing en masse to back any proposal that can reasonably be called a compromise. That really is Grassleys position, with no exaggeration.

Update: To be clearer, what this really means is that in order to meet Grassleys definition of bipartisanship, Dems must effectively hand over to Republicans total veto power over health care reform. Its that simple.
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:08 AM
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1. Part of me is happy to see the Blue Dogs get punk'd again. n/t
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Old Codger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:10 AM
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2. Hell
From what I have seen so far they already gave them veto power... they have their collective lips locked tightly on repug a**es...
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:16 AM
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3. Translation...I'll be in the back room counting my lobbyist money"
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:17 AM
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4. Agreed
Baucus gang of six was designed to be as repuke friendly as possible and still they balked. I am more than happy to see this development as it indicates how intractable republicans are and underlines what a waste of time it is to try to seek compromise with them.

Hey blue dogs! If you are addicted to compromise so much why don't you come over and compromise with us progressives for a change!
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:57 AM
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5. Come next election, I hope his assley is Grassley.
Along with Baucus.
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