I don’t know what part of this post about “Ungovernable America” is more laughable — the pro wrestling-esque notion that Republicans should know their role and just try to tidy up Harry Reid’s ridiculously bad health-care pseudo-bill around the edges, or the notion that the Republicans are the ones holding up a bill when there are enough Democrats and near-Democrats in the Senate to overcome any filibuster.
But let’s talk about each part.
The Senate is designed to be the more deliberative chamber of the Congress, where the passions raised in the larger and typically rowdier House can cool and the facts and ramifications of a particular piece of legislation examined fully. Frankly, any bill that can’t get the approval of 60 senators to even be put to a vote is a bill that deserves very careful consideration. Has this effective super-majority requirement been abused in more recent years, especially with regard to judicial nominations? Yep — but let’s not forget that Democrats have been every bit as interested in using that leverage when they have been the minority party. This is neither a recent institutional change nor an exclusively Republican practice.
But, but, but — this is all very theoretical when we are talking about a minority party keeping a bill from a vote, because Republicans don’t have enough senators to do this on their own. The left has twisted this fact as far as it can be twisted, but the fact remains that their own caucus won’t go along with their plans. It does not matter what Republicans think about the bill, except to the degree that a couple of Republican senators may be more liberal than a handful of Democratic senators. But even these liberal — or moderate, or however you want to brand them — GOP senators won’t go along with Harry Reid, and it doesn’t appear to have anything to do with sheer partisanship.
And why would Harry Reid’s ever-morphing plans get the approval of 60 percent of the senators when they have the disapproval of nearly 60 percent of the country?
There is nothing magic about passing a health-care bill before year’s end, except as it pertains to Democrats’ re-election chances.
Start. Over. Now.