As the Leftists push harder and harder to get the Socialish Nightmare of Government Healthcare rammed down our backsides by Christmas, the fragile Leftist coalition of fragile extremists and one-note Johnny’s becomes more and more unhinged at the prospects of having to sacrifice some of their goals to the overall acheivement of Healthcare fo all.
Or just some.
Heck, not that many, really.
Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, once the object of scorn in the Democratic Party, is now sitting in the catbird seat in his opposition to Healthcare:
The White House is encouraging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), which would mean eliminating the proposed Medicare expansion in the health reform bill, according to an official close to the negotiations.
“There is a weariness and a lot of frustration that one person is holding up the will of 59 others,” the official said. “There is still too much anger and confusion at one particular senator’s reversal.”
Hey, Harry? Nobody screws with Joe. Get used to it. It’s the price you pay for endorsing his opponent two years ago, jerk.
And what’s really panicking Harry Reid is that it’ more and more likely that this will be the last chance they get to pass a Healthcare bill:
Cook report: Number of “likely” Democratic House seats down to … 218. A bare majority. Actually, there are only 39 seats listed in the “lean Democratic” and “Democratic toss-up” columns, but as Taegan Goddard points out, if you toss in Bart Gordon’s retirement today in a very winnable GOP district you’re down to the magic number. But never mind that. Follow the first link to Cook and skim the column of “likely Democratic” seats, which are considered safe-ish, to see how many come from districts with a Republican-leaning PVI. If you see multiple retirements in that column — and the NRCC thinks you very well might — then suddenly a bunch of seats are in play on top of the 40 that are already shaky.
And then throw in a wild card — say, noted liberal loudmouth Al Franken, who doesn’t care who he offends — and suddenly Democrat camaraderie goes out the window entirely:
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) sparred sharply on the Senate floor Monday evening, a departure from the usually dormant speeches in the august chamber.
Franken said he was struck by a speech in which he said Thune had refused to highlight when benefits to the health care bill would kick in and instead emphasized the negative parts of the bill.
Thune, No. 4 in GOP leadership, asked the freshman Democrat to yield for a question, and asked: “Did the senator from Minnesota, when I was pointing out the chart, understand the point I was making – that the tax increases start 18 days from now, and that the benefits, the spending benefits under the bill which are the premium tax credits and the exchanges that are designed to provide the benefit that’s delivered under this bill don’t start until 2014?”
Franken responded sharply: “Does the senator understand that spending benefits start right away?”
To which, Thune said tersely: “If the senator missed the point, I can get the chart out again.”
Franken said: “I asked a question, senator. I yield to you for a question. I’m asking a question.”
Oh yeah, Al — you’re sure making friends and influencing people up there on Capitol Hill — THAT’s for sure.
Meanshile, one of the most respected Dems on the hill — seeing his seat in jeapardy at him in very red Indiana — is getting cold feet over the whole “spend until we’re out of money” idea:
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) called on President Barack Obama Monday to veto the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that just passed through Congress.
Bayh was one of three Democrats who joined most Senate Republicans in voting against the bill, which combines six of the 12 annual appropriations bills for 2010. He echoed GOP criticism that the bill led to unsustainable spending levels.
“I would hope the president would veto this bill,” Bayh said. “It’s bad for our country’s finances. It’s bad for our children because we are going deeper into debt to China. It sets a terrible example by showing that politicians are totally out of touch with the sacrifices middle class Americans are making.”
The bill passed Sunday by a 57-35 vote.
Starting to ger REeeeeally interesting out there.