Given hardening Republican opposition to Congressional health care proposals, Democrats now say they see little chance of the minority’s cooperation in approving any overhaul, and are increasingly focused on drawing support for a final plan from within their own ranks.
Top Democrats said Tuesday that their go-it-alone view was being shaped by what they saw as Republicans’ purposely strident tone against health care legislation during this month’s Congressional recess, as well as remarks by leading Republicans that current proposals were flawed beyond repair.
Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, said the heated opposition was evidence that Republicans had made a political calculation to draw a line against any health care changes, the latest in a string of major administration proposals that Republicans have opposed.
Welcome to the 21st century, Mr. Emanuel.
When the stimulus got 3 GOP votes in all of Congress I remember Obama telling us that while he wanted Republican support he wasn’t born yesterday and would only play nice for so long (or something to that effect). I guess his tipping point is once his signature proposals start to look irreparably damaged? “I will ram through this badly-compromised, half-crippled bill on my own if I have to!” Yeah. Great.