Connecting the Dots

By Greg Scandlen

Pretty often you have to read several stories side-by-side to figure out what is going on in the Democratic mind. Although you may walk away more confused than ever.

Two stories in Politico illustrate the point. In one, “Democrats Seek Redo of Health Pitch,” Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says he can’t wait to get into the debate over repeal. The article says the repeal effort, “gives Democrats a second chance to defend their landmark legislation — and the first substantial chance to show a united front on health reform.” It quotes Sen Schumer —

“We welcome, in a certain sense, their attempt to repeal it because it gives us a second chance to make a first impression,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He said the debate will allow Democrats to talk about “the good things that didn’t get a real airing during the sturm und drang of the debate.”

And Kathleen Sebelius agrees –

“Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said there is an “opportunity for education” during the repeal debate. The pieces of the law that have already gone into effect allow for “a more productive conversation than when the bill was being drafted, because the bill was so intangible to people. That conversation is easier now,” she told the University of Miami Global Business Forum on Thursday.”

Yep, they are really eager to have this debate and be able to show America all the wonderful things that have been done.

But, wait a minute. Another article in Politico, “Repeal Vote Just GOP’s First Step,” reports —

“McConnell will push for a vote on the House bill after the body returns next week, even though Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has made clear that he will do everything he can to block the measure.”

So, The Democrats are eager to have this debate, but Harry Reid wants to “do everything he can” to prevent it from happening?!?! Golly, someone must not have gotten the memo from HQ


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