Looking forward to this day being over. Need a serious battery recharge.
OK, for you, then:
• You know what, Lynn Woolsey? Don’t introduce a bill to add the public option to the insurance exchanges. Instead, allow Alan Grayson, a better organizer and politician in his first term than you’ll ever be in your life, carry this ball forward with his Medicare buy-in bill. I’m certain he’ll have more success.
• Speaking of Grayson, in a world with some accountability, Chris Matthews would have been fired for this. Instead, he still gets a platform to act like he’s informed about politics, months after excoriating Grayson for advocating for the EXACT formula used to pass the health care bill.
• The conservative “repeal the bill” movement has already lost a powerful ally on day one: the US Chamber of Commerce.
• Could the bill’s passage have an immediate impact by restoring Arizona’s Children’s Health Insurance Program? I certainly hope so – CHIP is a lifeline for poorer families.
• A sample of America’s front pages the day after the health care victory in the House. Big ups to the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser for putting “Bedford to introduce revised bingo bill” up in front of their health care story. Clearly that’s more important.
• Where did this Harry Reid come from, in reaction to John McCain’s grumbling that Republicans “won’t cooperate” with Democrats for the rest of the year (like they have before?):
“For someone who campaigned on ‘Country First’ and claims to take great pride in bipartisanship, it’s absolutely bizarre for Senator McCain to tell the American people he is going to take his ball and go home until the next election. He must be living in some parallel universe because the fact is, with very few exceptions, we’ve gotten very little cooperation from Senate Republicans in recent years.
“At a time when our economy is suffering and we’re fighting two wars, the American people need Senator McCain and his fellow Republicans to start working with us to confront the challenges facing our country—not reiterating their constant opposition to helping working families when they need it most.”
Do Democrats have a credible candidate in place in case John McCain gets upended in his primary, by the way?
• There are four special elections in Congress in the next two months: FL-19 on April 6 (expected to go to Democrat Ted Deutch); GA-09 on April 27 to replace Nathan Deal (R), who resigned today to run for Governor; PA-12 on May 18 (which could be tight between Democrat Mark Critz and Republican Tim Burns); and HI-02 on May 22 to replace Neil Abercrombie (D), also running for Governor. Eric Massa may also get replaced by special election, but probably not until September. Point being there are multiple chances before the midterms for Republicans to prove that America will openly revolt in reaction to the health care passage.
• I think OFA probably does deserve some credit. They absolutely played a factor in California in getting Loretta Sanchez to stop wavering and vote in favor of the bill.
• Dave Weigel to the Washington Post. While he seems to have a bizarre problem with this website and in particular its proprietor, he generally does a salutary job covering the conservative movement.
• What’s the Plain Language Movement and why is this such a victory? Read on, gentle reader, read on.
• So Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer was the one who shouted “baby killer” at Bart Stupak last night. Looking forward to the “You Lie/Baby Killer!” Joe Wilson/Neugebauer Miller Lite parody ad.
• Looks like Iyad Allawi has crept into the lead in the Iraqi elections, leading the current Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, to call for a recount. The post-election wrangling is going to be quite dangerous.
• Civil libertarians hoped an Obama White House would help eliminate the crack/powder sentencing disparity. The Congress appears poised to change the rule to 18:1, making it 1/5 less racist. And the ACLU’s Laura Murphy calls it a bittersweet victory. I agree on the “bittersweet” part. Or maybe just the bitter.
• The left destroyed Nicolas Sakozy’s party in French regional elections. The recession is really bad for whoever’s in power, regardless of party.
• Arnold Schwarzenegger – least popular Governor ever. Also, as it turns out, the worst. And the people figured that out all by themselves. There’s no media in California willing to tell them.
• The Hump, the Santa Monica sushi restaurant (and site of my 2nd date with my wife) found to be selling whale meat, is closing down. Where will I get my roast penguin now?