We Americans seem to have a history of Christmastime rescues from very dire situations.
“Elements of the U.S. 4th Armored Division — the spearhead of Gen. George Patton’s Third Army — break the German Army’s siege of Bastogne relieving the paratroopers of the 101st. The grateful but proud paratroopers insist they are only being ‘relieved,’ not ‘rescued.'”
Of George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas and his surprise attack at Trenton the day after, both 233 years ago, historian James M. McPherson writes in his introduction to David Hackett Fischer’s Washington’s Crossing – -
“No single day in history was more decisive for the creation of the United States than Christmas 1776. On that night a ragged army of 2,400 colonials crossed the ice-choked Delaware River from Pennsylvania to New Jersey in the teeth of a nor-easter that lashed their boats and bodies with sleet and snow. After marching all night,they attacked and defeated a garrison of 1,500 Hessian soldiers at Trenton.”
No Obamacare Conferees?
RedState’s Dan Perrin reports early this afternoon in his post “The Best Christmas Present Ever: Senator DeMint Objects to the Appointment of the Conferees” that – -
“When Senator DeMint engineered, and Republican Leader McConnell actually objected to the appointment of the conferees, he was really handing the ball off to the left wingers — progressives if you will — and now they have their shot to either hold their own clan members who are against the Senate compromises and force them to vote No, or have their policy demands be ignored and take the crumbs from Senator Nelson’s and Senator Lieberman’s table.
Now, because of the Senator DeMint’s objection, unless the House votes for the Senate bill unchanged — which is highly unlikely (see below) — then the Senate ObamaCare bill must be amended on the House floor to gain the votes they need to pass it on the House floor. And because of Senator DeMint’s objection to the appointment of the conferees, there will be no conference, or conference report.
If the House amends the Senate bill, they then have to send the amended bill back to the Senate — where all the 60 vote margin cloture votes still apply — cloture on the motion to proceed, and cloture to end the filibuster and cloture on any amendment.
Do I believe that this objection to the appointment of the conferees will kill ObamaCare? Yes, if the progressives or those 64 House Democrats who voted for the Stupak amendment do not roll over and play dead.
This monkey wrench may explain why the White House is putting out the word that it wants the health care bill to pass the House after the State of the Union,in February.”
Obamacare Outcome Put Off Until February?
Here is Susan Ferrechio “More fighting ahead on health care” earlier today in the DC Examiner – -
“The Senate’s 60-39 passage of a sweeping health care reform bill is by no means a guarantee that legislation will end up on President Barack Obama’s desk anytime soon.
While Senators are committed to beginning negotiations with the House on their version of the bill soon after Christmas, it could be difficult to come to agreement before February, which means the president would have to deliver his state of the union address without being able to tout health care reform as a major accomplishment.”
And Andy McCarthy early this morning in National Review on Line (NRO) writes in “Light at the End of the Tunnel?” – -
“Though the point of mad-dash cash-for-cloture was to give the president his monumental “achievement” in time to brag about it in the State of the Union address, the administration realizes it won’t happen — too much opposition in the House, too problematic on abortion, too much outrage in the country. So health care will be tabled until February, giving us all at least a month-and-a-half to find more of its buried treasures, ear-marks, mandates and power-grabs. And it is still no sure thing, shaping up as a brawl between the two chambers.”(Underscoring Forum's.)
Yesterday. in his “Richard Epstein: The Reid Bill is Blatantly Unconstitutional,” former U. S. prosecutor McCarthy (also in NRO) pointed us to yet another critical constitutional analysis of the Reid flavor of Obamacare – -
“At PointOfLaw.com, the distinguished University of Chicago constitutional scholar Richard Epstein provides a painstaking, withering analysis of the healthcare legislation wending its way through the Senate. He concludes that it is clearly unconstitutional. The essay is lengthy and, in places, complex; but it is brilliantly done, accessible, and compelling. [Thanks to Roger Kimball and Glenn Reynolds.]“
The House of Representatives is slated to return on January 12, 2010 and the US Senate on January 19, 2010.
Between next Monday and these dates, Maryland and Virginia activists have a further opportunity to reach errant members of the Congress, no longer protected by their Washington, D. C. bubbles, and to enlist like-minded state elected officials in the common fight to bury Obamacare.
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