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July 23, 2009

Nancy Pelosi: I Totally Have All the Votes I Need to Pass ObamaCare Out of the House Before August, But I'm Not Going To, Because I Don't Feel Like It

Idiot.

Bear in mind she has insisted she has the votes to pass a bill -- any bill; the details matter not to her -- despite the Blue Dogs telling her she doesn't.

Math is hard.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that the House can go home for its August recess without passing a massive overhaul.

And then she successfully defined what August is:

Im not afraid of August, Pelosi said. Its a month.

...thereby qualifying for Celebrity Jeopardy.

Here's a surprise: reliable partisan liberal Susan Estrich is... against ObamaCare.

The president is "not familiar" with the bill. No one can explain how it will work yet, as Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., told a contentious town meeting. There are various plans, and negotiations are still in the early stages. But whatever it is, we should be for it.

Am I missing something?

We're only talking about our health and our kids' health, the things my mother, may she rest in peace, told me a thousand times are the only things worth caring about. If you have your health, you have everything. And if you don't, what in the world matters more than the best health care in the world, which is found right here?

...

I'm not willing to give up my doctor or the time I spend with him. I'm not willing to give up the relationship we have. My children, now grown, feel as comfortable calling him as I do because he has taken the time with them over the years to build that trust.

And no matter how high the final price tag on those tests have been, never once have I said, "If I'd known how much they would cost, I wouldn't have had them done." No, I'm grateful for my insurance, grateful for the technology, grateful for good care.

So am I for health care reform? Do I support the House bill, whatever it is, or the Obama plan, which may or may not be the same thing?

Not yet. Not until I know what it is. Not until someone convinces me that whatever it is will do more good than harm, both for the country and for my family. Mother knows best.

When you've lost Susan Estrich, you've lost a one-block portion of Cambridge, south of the co-op art-house theater, east of the Harvard Crew boathouse.

By the way, even MSNBC's blogger took a negative view of the press conference.

Well... sort of. This is MSNBC, remember. They can't really criticize Obama, after all.

MSNBCs First Read disagreed. In their morning assessment of the presser, NBCs political team asked, Honest question: Is there a point when the president knows too much about an issue? He got into the weeds a number of times on a number of different aspects of health care, which is what his diehard supporters love, but might not grab the attention of the average viewer.

Ah. The deadly he's-just-too-smart-and-well-informed critique. Well-played, MSNBC. Sounds nicer than "he was evasive to the point of actionable fraud."

I didn't get the sense he knew what he was talking about at all. When a Democrat is talking, the MSM deems "specific goals" to be the equivalent of "specific plans for achieving those goals."

Yes, Obama was specific - "Let me be clear," as Allah is ragging him -- on all his alleged goals. It will be deficit neutral. It will allow you to chose your doctor. Etc., etc., etc.

Those aren't "specifics," anymore than if I say "I specifically wish to write a best-selling novel" that I've offered a plausible plan for accomplishing this.

A goal is not a plan. The MSM rightly notes this when Republicans offer such "specifics," but claim that Democrats offering them are really getting into the nuts and bolts of legislation.



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