Wednesday, March 03, 2010


Obama: Give health care an 'up or down' vote:
President Barack Obama urged Congress Wednesday to vote "up or down" on sweeping health care legislation in the next few weeks, endorsing a plan that denies Senate Republicans the right to kill the bill by stalling with a filibuster.


I say that because it's high time the magic words "up or down vote" were used in place of "reconciliation," which most people don't understand (including, apparently much of the Senate).

After all, the phrase (often rendered as 'upperdown vote") became a Republican mantra when they were in power and the Democrats threatened a filibuster. "So and so deserves an upperdown vote," "The American people want to see an upperdown vote on Judge so and so", etc.

I'd love it if every supporter of the current health care reform bill was on TV 24/7 from now until the vote, repeating "upperdown vote, upperdown vote, upperdown vote", till the thing passes.

Unfortunately, I don't know if the Dems have the message discipline to do it.

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