[Guest post by DRJ]
Tonight’s the night the White House plans to buy off the anti-abortion holdouts:
“Senior Dem staffer says abortion/executive order deliberations will take place tonight at the White House.
Stupak won’t be there… Dem staffer says “this still isn’t nailed down.”
Allahpundit says the pro-choice lobby is okay with this so I’m not optimistic.
EDIT: On the other hand, the House Rules Committee was still meeting at 7PM EST. The Daily Caller says the Committee’s deliberations were being interrupted by the noise of anti-health care protesters.
UPDATE — Interesting comments by Rep. Paul Ryan:
“I then talked to Paul Ryan, who looked exhausted. Ryan is one of the few Republican lawmakers still trying to make a case against the bill even though most people at this point are only focused on whether Democrats will have the votes to pass it. But Ryan got some of the Democrats on the Rules Committee pretty riled up today during debate.
I asked him if he was frustrated that the bill looked poised to pass Sunday.
“I think it’s a big, big mistake to put this into law. I mean I really do. So that’s frustrating. This is the biggest social policy in 40 years. I think it’s going to be a fiscal explosion and nightmare. I think it’s going to hurt the economy. And we could have done a better job. So yeah, that’s frustrating,” he said.
“Its ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ I just think people are living in a fantasy world if they think that this can be afforded, if they don’t think that this will lead to systematic rationing of health care,” Ryan said.
He mentioned that he was surprised that Democrats had managed to get this far, after looking down and out in January after the loss of Ted Kennedy’s senate seat in Massachusetts.
“I think they’ve just kept their Democrats in a cocoon in Washington and they’re just pounding them with reinforcing messages, and they’re not stepping outside of this town and just looking at the big picture, and just looking at reality. And I think they’re gonna really regret doing this,” he said.
And he added one shot at Blue Dog Democrats who voted against the bill in November but who have flipped to support it.
“Blue Dogs don’t exist any more, as far as I’m concerned. They don’t exist anymore,” he said. “Nobody who calls themselves a Blue Dog and votes for this can ever call themselves a Blue Dog Democrat ever again.”
In a 9:20 PM update, Jon Ward at the The Daily Caller confirms the House will vote on the Senate bill first and then the Reconciliation bill. Keep checking here for Ward’s updates as he reports from Congress.