Over at National Review’s The Corner, Andy McCarthy makes the case that the Democrat leadership is not concerned about losing in November and that is why they are willing to drive off the cliff with health care reform. McCarthy believes that we should be more concerned with undoing all the thing Obama, Reid and Pelosi will try to enact that will permanently transform America.
McCarthy has a point. Obama, Reid and Pelosi are not the least bit concerned about their re-election chances. Sure they will try their best to get another term, but they are more concerned with making America a leftwing utopia. If they succeed in that, then losing re-election would be worthwhile. The problem for those three is that not all Democrats are thinking along those lines.
Some of these Democrats are career politicians. They love their titles, their perks and their power. They are not that wedded to ideology. Think of Bill Clinton, he abandoned his ideology for a second term. McCarthy points out that even these non ideological types may just throw in with the leadership if their reelection prospects look dim. I think McCarthy is missing another option…spite.
Think about this, you are a career politician in love with your Washington life. Along comes Obama with his radical agenda and because you supported it you are now being shown the door. Bye-bye perks, power and prestige. The leadership cannot save you and some of them are safe for reelection. Wouldn’t you be mad as spit? Wouldn’t you just want to stick a finger in their eyes at every possible opportunity? I think we are already seeing some of this behavior.
Yesterday, two Democrats joined Republicans in calling for Rangel to step down. Then the Democrats abandoned the that interrogation proposal and let us not forget that the Democrats are having trouble with the Senate Jobs bill. This does not sound like people doomed to their fate, and throwing in with the leadership.
In the end, I still think reconciliation will blow up in Obama, Reid and Pelosi’s faces and they will be forced to settle for the small and toothless ObamaCare 3.0.
Via: The Corner
Via: The Hill