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Tom Toles is worth a thousand words


By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 11:21 AM ET
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And to think, 10 months ago all we were hearing was how the Republicans were facing 40 years in the wilderness, or the end of the party. Even six months ago, the Republicans were cracking up, and it was the end.

It's still 10 months until November. A lot of things can happen. Not saying it looks good for the Democrats--it doesn't--but things sure can change in a hurry. Given the right set of circumstances.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | February 17, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Actually the Democratic majority in the Senate and House DID vote for it....and they very quickly died soon after.

The number one reason independent voters in Massachusetts gave pollsters for voting for Scott Brown as Senator was to block pasage of healthcare.

Scott Brown's victory was the moment that this cartoon is referring to...yet they have the facts backwards.

Posted by: FastEddieO007 | February 17, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I think Democrats would quickly rally to victory in November if Obama-Pelosi-Reid passed a simple healthcare reform bill as a step 1 to the path of full reform. That bill would simply give everyone the tax write-off for healthcare insurance.

Right now only employers get the writeoff when they purchase healthcare for their employee.

This cold be sold as a REAL jobs bill, since it would de-couple rising healthcare costs from employment.

This could be sold as a bipartisan "trust" bill since it proves Democrats do not wish to exploit the crisis of rising healthcare costs and high joblessness to enact a radical Maoist agenda as many in the grass-roots Tea Party suspect.....a simple bill like this would kill much of the polarization and distrust in Washington and cut the legs out from the anti-D wave in the country.

Does Obama have that kind of courage?

Posted by: FastEddieO007 | February 17, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

@FastEddie: "The number one reason independent voters in Massachusetts gave pollsters for voting for Scott Brown as Senator was to block pasage of healthcare."

I think the #1 reason independent voters in Massachusetts really voted for Scott Brown was because Coakley not only did not make the case for herself, she actively made the case against herself. She essentially told the electorate to jump in a lake, her victory was a fate accompli, so screw the voters. The reason what the independent voters did mattered, however, was that the base did not turn out like it did in years past, because the Democrats had done such a bad job of passing their agenda.

I'm as tickled as anyone that Scott Brown won the "Ted Kennedy" seat. But let's not take it for more than it is.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | February 17, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The special election had record-setting turnout.

If the base stayed at home, it was due to their lack of passion to keep Obamacare moving forward...they were as

Posted by: FastEddieO007 | February 17, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the little guy on the bottom

And Tom Toles is GREAT,

Posted by: gratis11 | February 17, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Here's an idea -- maybe Dems should run on a promise to pass healthcare if they can get their supermajority back in November.

That's a campaign everyone would love.

Posted by: cpurick | February 17, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

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