Now is the time to finish off the prospects of Obamacare with the Democrats reeling from the defeat in Massachusetts.
We must not trust them. The apparent reluctance of the House Democrats to pass the Senate version will evaporate once Obama puts his weight behind the bill and Pelosi starts to twist arms. Moderate Democrats cannot be counted upon.
So we need to target Democrats in swing districts who voted for the healthcare legislation in its first go-round in the House and convince them of the error of their ways.
As the Republican floor leader in the '60s, Senator Everett Dirksen once said “when they feel the heat, they see the light.”
Here is a list of 23 Democrats who voted for Obamacare and who are vulnerable in 2010. It's time to turn up the heat on them:
- Harry Mitchell of Arizona
- Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona
- Alan Grayson of Florida
- Mark Schauer of Michigan
- Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire
- Mike Arcuri of New York
- Mary Jo Kilroy of Ohio
- Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania
- Christopher Carney of Pennsylvania
- Tom Perriello of Virginia
- Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona
- Baron Hill of Indiana
- Dina Titus of Nevada
- John Hall of New York
- Steven Driehaus of Ohio
- Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania
- Dan Maffei of New York
- Alan Mollohan of West Virginia
- Nick Rahall of West Virginia
- Steve Kagen of Wisconsin
- Marion Berry of Arkansas
- John Spratt of South Carolina
- Zack Space of Ohio
These are the key votes. If we can create a groundswell among their voters, demanding that they retreat from their position of forcing socialized medicine and Medicare cuts on the country, we can win.
Nancy Pelosi’s strategy is to delay and let the impact of the Brown win in Massachusetts be blunted by time. Meanwhile, she will propose amendments to the Senate bill and submit her proposed changes to the upper chamber.
Harry Reid will tell her that such a bill is dead on arrival but she will demand a vote. When the measure is rejected (or fails of closure), she will go back to her caucus and say “I tried, but the Senate would not accept any of our amendments.”
The question is: What happens then? If we have prepared the way by influencing the districts of the marginal members who voted for the bill, we can assure that the centrist Democrats do not support the new legislation.
We can peel away some of the 220 votes (with 215 against) by which the bill passed the House.
But we need to start now! We cannot let the momentum of the Massachusetts win dissipate as Pelosi wants. Please help us to run ads in the districts of these moderate Democrats and move them into the “no” column on Obamacare. This is our last, best chance to defeat this horrible bill.
© Dick Morris & Eileen McGann