Published on The Guardian’s Blog of Michael Tomasky, by blog owner, January 2010.
Charlie Rangel says the House-Senate negotiations on the final healthcare bill are going badly. “We’ve got a problem on both sides of the Capitol. A serious problem” …
… Remember back last summer when people were saying why isn’t Obama cracking heads? That was not really needed then. But now is the time to crack heads. The ball is on the three yard line.
If these negotiations blow up and the Democrats somehow don’t pass this legislation at this point, they are done as a political party for the foreseeable future. The Republicans are already done – despite the tea party enthusiasm, GOP poll numbers overall are in the toilet. The party has no solutions, no ideas, nothing. It’s great at daily political combat. And that’s all. So we’d have two failed parties. Would anybody then get the message that maybe our system is broken nearly to the point of disrepair? (full text).