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MSNBC reporting that Bart Stupak is a 'yes'

If so, that's the game. The bill will pass tonight. This, incidentally, is why I don't do whip counts in the days before a vote. Even the most troublesome "no" votes can become supporters as the days wear on.

By Ezra Klein  |  March 21, 2010; 1:01 PM ET
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Time to get the lawsuits ready to file.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 21, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure any lawsuits filed will be as laughable as the rest of the opposition.

Posted by: jjhare | March 21, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Lawsuits - that will be fun. Actually that is the pay off for Dem. First the lawyers would get money. Next as 'benefit receiving constituency' starts building, it will be fun to watch all the contortions GOP will have to do!

Remember these are the same guys who have been vilifying Medicare for decades but now have the new found religion of 'protecting Medicare from Obama'.

Toles had it right some time back - GOP will work hard next year protecting Americans from all these Dems when these bad Dems will try to take away their Obamacare!

So 'bring on the lawsuits'; that is the pay back for Dems....

Posted by: umesh409 | March 21, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The mandate will be the biggest legal challenge and, assuming the "sidecar" bill gets through the Senate, whether the reconciliation process was legal.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 21, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I imagine those attorneys filing lawsuits will be Republicans.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 21, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm still sending a $100.00 to Connie Saltonstall to dump this jerk in the primary!

Posted by: BioProf | March 21, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

This is a president that campaigned on gun control, yet has nothing on it while increasing gun owners' rights (you carry a gun in National Parks thanks to President Obama).

This is a president that campaigned on immigration reform and done nothing on it, while increasing deportation orders and increasing the budget at border patrols.

Now, this is a president that campaign on "first I'll do is sign the Freedom of Choice Act" and yet not only hasn't that, but now wants to sign an executive order banning Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funding and also banning private insurance company from covering it for clients who pay for it with their own money.

And yet being against gun control, immigration or reproductive rights is a major issue you vote, you aren't going to be voting for Barack Obama anytime soon. Remember Reagan alienated liberals not conservatives, so if Obama wants to be the "Reagan of the Left" as nearly every reporters says he does, might not hurt to alienate some conservatives to embraces liberals.

Posted by: Corey_NY | March 21, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

And is it ever a game. Obama has staged all these theatrics and dramas, of which the central character is : HIM!!!!!! People have no doubt been entertained.

Posted by: truck1 | March 21, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has staged all these theatrics and dramas, of which the central character is : HIM!!!!!"

Ha ha politics are so funny: Talking heads on cable and some democratic legislators have been decrying Obama for a year for playing too passive a role in HCR and leaving too much to congress. Finally he steps forward and makes his big push and you get responses like the above...

I guess you can't win!

Posted by: lazza11 | March 21, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

It's like the moment of a play where the long spoken of character emerges on stage. Read your Shakespeare. The title character almost never appears in the first scenes. Yet it's all about him. People were ALWAYS saying it's about Obama, and his handlers were always directing them to say that, always reminding people of some quote of a republican to the effect that if it fails this would be Obama's Waterloo. How they loved that quote, bringing things back, as always, to him.

Posted by: truck1 | March 21, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

passing out the party hats!
(red, white and blue, with "yes we can" stickers on them!)
* * * * * *

Posted by: jkaren | March 21, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

hey its a good thing those 3 am calls and threats to his family worked.

You stay classy progressives :-)

Posted by: visionbrkr | March 21, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

White House announces Executive Order barring federal funding for Planned Parenthood and abortion at community health centers. Stupak will vote for Obamacare.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 21, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse


She should have unplugged the phone.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 21, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse


I believe i heard they had their number changed AGAIN. I'm sure knowing the kooks at FDL and other progressives they'd still find a way to track it down.

But hey that's not an issue around here.

Posted by: visionbrkr | March 21, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

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