Speaker of the Devil

Well, when the Prada shoe fits…

Title courtesy Jim Geraghty’s morning Jolt:

222 House Democrats signed on for the Demonpass. Multiply that by three. No wonder this legislative penta-debacle is heading to committee for the Markup of the Beast. It’s not like we weren’t warned; they’ve been telling us the devil is in the details since day one. Now there’s higher premiums and hell to pay . . .

At least we can still laugh, right?

Fred Barnes on the coming all-out-war if this legislative Demonpass works:

America will be in a constant health-care war if ObamaCare is enacted. Passage wouldn’t end the health-care debate. Rather, it would perpetuate ObamaCare as the dominant issue for decades to come, reshape politics, create an annual funding crisis in Congress, and generate a spate of angry lawsuits. Yet few in Washington seem aware of what lies ahead.

We only have to look at Great Britain to get a glimpse of the future. The National Health Service—socialized medicine—was created in 1946 and touted as the envy of the world. It’s been a contentious issue ever since. Its cost and coverage are perennial subjects of debate. The press, especially England’s most popular newspaper, The Daily Mail, feasts on reports of long waiting periods, dirty hospitals, botched care and denied access to treatments.

On the growing legion of awakened Americans:

Democratic leaders believe the public doesn’t focus on the process of how legislation is enacted. But in this case they’re wrong. I’ve been amazed at how many people understand “reconciliation”—a process that allows budget and spending bills to pass in the Senate with only 51 votes, instead of 60. Many voters are also now studying the details of the “Slaughter solution,” which would allow the House to “deem” the Senate health-care bill to have passed without actually voting on it and then to vote through changes to the Senate bill. These legislative shortcuts are already infuriating ObamaCare’s opponents.

A remorseful Peggy Noonan (I wonder if she’ll ever really recant the vile things she said about Sarah Palin last year) on the embarrassment of Barack:

Excuse me, but it is embarrassing—really, embarrassing to our country—that the president of the United States has again put off a state visit to Australia and Indonesia because he’s having trouble passing a piece of domestic legislation he’s been promising for a year will be passed next week. What an air of chaos this signals to the world. And to do this to Australia of all countries, a nation that has always had America’s back and been America’s friend.

How bush league, how undisciplined, how kid’s stuff.

You could see the startled looks on the faces of reporters as Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who had the grace to look embarrassed, made the announcement on Thursday afternoon. The president “regrets the delay”—the trip is rescheduled for June—but “passage of the health insurance reform is of paramount importance.” Indonesia must be glad to know it’s not.

How kid’s stuff indeed.  He looks like a third-world dictator

And speaking of Palin, yet again she’s on the right side of history.  Just sayin’.

Pray.  Call.  Then pray and call some more.

UPDATE: Gallup poll says most think Obamacare will make things worse for everybody.

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