Allahpundit thought Chris Matthews destroyed Alan Grayson in this Hardball interview, last night:
But did he?
Grayson seemed awfully smug and sure of himself.
Matthews thinks the reconciliation idea is crazy netroots talk. Well who does he think runs Washington, right now? These are people who call their opponents tea-baggers, evil mongers and nazis:
Earlier this week, Pelosi said she did not have the votes to pass the Senate bill through the House unchanged. And Reid, who lost his 60-vote majority on Tuesday, does not have the votes to make wholesale changes to legislation his chamber passed last month.
So, leaders are considering making limited changes that can be passed using a budget process called reconciliation, which only requires 51 votes in the Senate.
The changes being considered track closely with the agreements House and Senate leaders made in White House meetings last week, according to a source. They include the deal with labor unions to ease the tax on high-end insurance plans, additional Medicare cuts and taxes, the elimination of a special Medicaid funding deal for Nebraska and a move to help cover the gap in seniors’ prescription drug coverage. Pelosi is also working to change the Senate provision that sets up state insurance exchanges. The House prefers a single, national exchange.