by Kyle Olson
New York Post
Consider this irony: Democrats and their special interest allies are in the fight of their lives to keep the seat formerly held by the champion of socialized medicine in the bluest of states. Democrats should be tap dancing on the foreheads of Republicans in Massachusetts. But instead, they’re racing against the clock for a deal on health care reform because they run the risk of losing their critical 60th vote in just a few days.
So the Democrats strategy is clear: seek forgiveness of American voters in November instead of permission now because the probable message from Tuesday’s election will not be in favor of ObamaCare. Democrats are “hoping” to have an overall deal on health care reform, the tax-dodging Ways and Means committee chairman Charlie Rangel told NationalJournal.com, just in time to avoid the Tuesday Massachusetts vote.
The Huffington Post quoted SEIU vice president Anna Burger as saying, “Let’s go on and actually pass this bill.” Anna’s wish is, of course, this White House’s command.
The special election this week in Massachusetts can easily be viewed as a referendum on Obama, his policies and specifically government-run health care. And in a state that is navy blue, it’s a dog fight, with SEIU stepping in to plop down over $600,000 for TV ads savaging Republican candidate Scott Brown. And RedState.com reported House Democrats are spending beaucoup bucks to elect a Democrat to the Senate. It’s pure panic time for Democrats in Washington.
But they’re working as fast as they can to make health care reform a non-issue by the time the newest senator from Massachusetts is seated.
And worse still, more giveaways are emerging from Washington, DC but this time, not to lawmakers but to campaign-funding special interest groups. News broke Thursday afternoon that Democratic leaders had “negotiated” a compromise with labor leaders over the so-called “Cadillac” tax. They must have made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
The New York Post said it well in Friday’s edition: Complete Story: