http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/32191Democrats in Congress said all the right things Thursday to show they were dutifully heeding the president’s call to keep plugging away on a health reform bill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada convened a strategy session with his top lieutenants. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California pledged to leap over any hurdle that got in her way.
But listen more closely, and it’s clear health care is already falling to the back of the legislative line, behind the Democrats’ feverish new focus on jobs and the economy.
Health care reform didn’t even make the cut when New York Sen. Chuck Schumer ticked off the party’s priorities Thursday.
“The president said jobs is the No. 1 issue before us in 2010,” Schumer said at a news conference. “In fact, the three top issues on our agenda this year are jobs, jobs and jobs.”