"Reconciliation" Is Just Another Word for "Nothin' Left to Win"
Some heartening news on Reid & Pelosi's dirty tricks, from Fox:
Sen. Kent Conrad, D-ND, the chairman of the Budget Committee, just confirmed what Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH, his top committee Republican, told me yesterday about healthcare and the use of reconciliation: the House MUST pass the Senate's $871 billion healthcare reform bill before anyone can deal with reconciliation to make changes to that bill.
BIG problem for the House Dems -- many don't support the Senate bill as is. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, has said on a number of occasions that her members have insisted that the Senate first pass a reconciliation bill that "fixes" the Senate bill to their liking ----- else, no dice.
It might be a long time before the public trusts the Democrats with this much power. Unfortunately, that means the Republicans win by default -- which makes the Tea Party movement the single most vital political force in the country. No other group even has their slim chance at keeping the Democrats down and the Republicans honest.
So don't blow it.