As by now you all know, Dingy Harry Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rammed cloture on the healthcare law through the Senate at 1 am on the longest night of the year. The vote went along strict party lines, with even the two RINOs from Maine voting against.
Some relevant links:
- Byron York explains the timing
- WSJ editorial: Change Nobody Believes In: A bill so reckless that it has to be rammed through on a partisan vote on Christmas eve
- ObamaCare and Mission Creep: Why health care reform will end up covering much more than you think.
- Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suddenly grew a pair of cojones/beitzim and fired off the following salvo that deserves quoting almost in full:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), using exceptionally heated language, called the health care bill on Sunday “seedy Chicago politics,” “backroom deals that amount to bribes,” “Enron accounting,” “the worst of Washington,” “phony,” and a “sham,” adding that Obama’s campaign slogan of “change you can believe in, after this health care bill debacle is now becoming an empty slogan.”
Asked it the Senate bill was a done deal, Graham, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” replied:
“This is far from over. The House and Senate bills are in many ways irreconcilable. But you know, I like David. He ran a brilliant campaign, but they’re doing a lousy job governing the country, in my view. You know, change you can believe in, after this health care bill debacle is now becoming an empty slogan. And it’s really been replaced by seedy Chicago politics, when you think about it, backroom deals that amount to bribes. […]”
“You and I know — you’ve been around this town a long time — that the Senate and the House is not going to impose those cuts. So when you put that into the health care mix, this thing doesn’t save money; it costs money. And that’s phony.”
“So it is Enron-accounting. It is a sham. You collect taxes for 10 years and you pay out benefits for six years, and the Class Act, which no one’s talking about, is a completely new government entitlement.”
Future generations will marvel at Washington’s political class today the way we marvel at Emperor Caligula’s horse being a senator. In fact, I think the US senate is making do with half the horse.