Taxes, spending, and government regulations that is. As Jim Treacher noted on Twitter, “Van Jones’ resignation, the Obamacare boondoggle… Saturday at midnight is the new Friday at 5.”
And speaking of the latter item, Allahpundit writes:
It’s 10:45 ET and it looks like the final vote is coming within the next 15 minutes. I held out hope this morning that we might get a humpbot cameo tonight, but it looks like we’re in for an appearance by the melting bunny of death instead. Heart-ache.
Update: My prediction for the final vote, as of 10:52: 224-211.
Update: It was closer than I thought: 220-215, 39 Dems voting no and a solitary Republican — Joe Cao, who replaced “Dollar Bill” Jefferson in a blue district in Louisiana — voting yes. Take heart, righties: Reid is incompetent, which makes the likelihood of 60 votes in the Senate, especially after a vote this narrow, very slim indeed.
But for now, we grieve.
Click over for the uber-depressing polar opposite of Allah’s trademarked humping robot video.
Duane Patterson, Hugh Hewitt’s producer and “generalissimo” adds, “so nancy twisted arms, got 220 to pass bill that won’t see light of day in the senate? yawn. target’s always been killing reid’s bill.”
Help us Dr. No, you’re our only hope!
Update: Steve Green adds, “This Is Not the America I Knew“:
How do you cure high unemployment and sluggish growth?
Proven methods include reducing regulation and lowering taxes.
So it comes as no surprise that the House has just approved one of (if not the) biggest increases in taxes and regulation after virtually zero debate and in the middle of a weekend night when almost no one is paying attention.
They’re cowards. Shrewd cowards, but cowards still.
As Steve asks, “If no one has done the math on this one, I wish they would. Which is the greater number: Pages in the bill the House just passed, or the minutes spent debating it?”
Update: You stay classy, Mr. President:
Mr. Obama, during his private pep talk to Democrats, recognized Mr. Owens election and then posed a question to the other lawmakers. According to Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, who supports the health care bill, the president asked, “Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit” Democratic voters “and it will encourage the extremists.”
(Via the Rhetorican, whose email noted “It’s Not Garofalo. It’s Obama”; though other than the lack of visible tats, quotes such as the above sometimes make it seem hard to tell the difference.)
Update: “Flashback to 2005: Pelosi Says Not Giving Members Three Days to Read Bill Is ‘Absolute Outrage.'”