Today's Wahington Post
story on the Democrats' use of "deem and pass" or "self-executing rule" to get the health care bill through Congress (without actually voting on it!) is worth reading because it is clear about this weird process, as well as the mischief it is causing Democrats. I am now of the mind that this gambit will not be used. The uproar has been too great, even Jack Cafferty of CNN
is outraged. Given the importance of the legislation, "deem and pass" is not defensible; it is actually and irresponsible political act. Should Nancy Pelosi and the Dems have their way in this--as of today she thinks it is necessary to get the thing passed--I predict a kind of electoral revolution in November that none of us have ever seen in our life time. I kind'a hope they do it. But I don't think it will happen. I think the outrage will be evident by Saturday and enough members will say no to "deems and pass" that they will have to vote on the Senate bill, and the vote will fail. The other possibility is that Pelosi will insist on using this gambit and even that vote will fail because enough Democratic House Members will remember that it is through elections that they are held accountable. And even the majority can't put off the elections in November.