[Guest post by DRJ]
The Republicans’ nightmare is that health care legislation will be rammed through via reconciliation and voters will blame Congress and not just the Democrats. The Democrats’ nightmare is that Obama means it when he says he will pursue this until November because elections have consequences:
“What I do know is this, if we saw movement, significant movement, not just gestures, then you wouldn’t need to start over because essentially everybody here knows what the issues are, and procedurally it could get done fairly quickly.
“We cannot have another year long debate about this. So, the question I’m going to ask myself and I ask all of you is, is there enough serious effort that in a month’s time or a few week’s time or six week’s time we could actually resolve something? And if we can’t I think we got to go ahead and make some decisions and that’s what elections are for. We have honest disagreements about the vision for the country and we’ll go ahead and test those out over the next several months until November. Alright?”
At the link, Obama is also quoted as saying “people don’t have 7-8 hours a day to work some of these things through.”
Poor babies. Work is hard.