The vote for cloture which occurred shortly after 1:00 am passed by a 60/40 vote, guaranteeing that the wretched bill will be passed before Christmas (putting a damper on the holidays for a majority of Americans, right, left and center). Why did Reid choose the middle of the night, less than a week before Christmas to force a vote on this unpopular P.O.S. bill?
Byron York examines that question:
By the way, when the 1 a.m. vote took place, the Reid Amendment had been public for about 36 hours, and the public had not had a single business day to examine it. “Make no mistake,” said Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a few minutes before the vote. “If the people who wrote this bill were proud of it, they wouldn’t be forcing this vote in the dead of night.” Referring to the Nelson buy-off and other special arrangements in the bill, McConnell said few people would have imagined that the health care debate would have ended “with a couple of cheap deals and a rushed vote at one o’clock in the morning.”
To add insult to injury, (and why not? They’re on a roll) the Dems blame Republicans for this outrage:
“Everyone knows we’re here at one in the morning because of my friends on the other side of the aisle,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said moments before the vote.
By “friends”, Reid means those “evilmongering” rethuglicans. The bought-off Mary Landrieu regurgitated the talking points on CBS Sunday:
“We don’t have to vote in the middle of the night, but [Republican Sen. Tom Coburn] is the one making us do it — not Harry Reid, not the Democrats. It is a Republican obstructionist that is making us vote in the middle of the night.”
I have a question for Mary Landrieu, and Harry Reid.
Who the freak does the scheduling on the Senate floor? The friggen’ minority?
Reid is determined to pass the national health care bill by Christmas, and to do so he has to get the cloture vote on his amendment done at the earliest moment. The timeline is Reid’s and Reid’s alone. “The bottom line is, Sen. Reid schedules the floor,” says one well-connected GOP aide. “He is the only one who can schedule the floor.” If Reid had scheduled the vote during business hours on, say, Tuesday, a final vote would not have taken place until the day after Christmas — an outcome Reid apparently found unacceptable.
Of course. The final vote has to take place before Christmas so these evil—mongers can ruin everybody’s Christmas.
A visibly disgusted Senator McCain’s scorching speech on the Senate floor:
“We have just begun to fight”.
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Karl at Hot Air: