View Full Version : House Speaker Pelosi is Teetering on the Edge of a Cliff

03-18-2010, 09:27 AM
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is prepared to sacrifice her members like lambs to the slaughter. Literally.

Pelosi (D-Calif.) is so desperate to get health care passed this week before members take a break that she will likely employ the "Slaughter Strategy" - a very appropriately named, arrogant abuse of House rules that would allow members of Pelosi's caucus to simply vote on changes to the Senate bill and "deem" the bill passed without a member ever having to choose "aye" or "nay."

Think of it this way: You don't want to take a test because you know you'll fail. So you just give yourself an A without even picking up a pencil. If it sounds outrageous, that's because it is. (Funny how real life examples so deftly expose the absurdity and arrogance of Washington.)

This tactic is another blatant, last-gasp abuse of the legislative process. And it's one that Pelosi and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-Buffalo) were against before they were in favor. It would permit Democrats to manipulate the truth when discussing the health care bill from now until Election Day without technically lying (Be prepared to hear: "Oh, I didn't vote for that stinker of a health care bill. Nope. Not me.")

To break it down, Pelosi has two options: pull the bill or (in her own words) "kick it through the door."

Bailing on the bill now would be a double-barreled loss. It means she loses her speakership because Democrats will presumably lose dozens of seats, and the party won't be able to claim victory on health reform.

Instead, she'll blaze forward, recognizing that Democrats own this bill and can't turn their backs.

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