from America’s Right:
So where do we go from here?
It’s by no means certain that this monstrosity will pass in the Senate. The longer the debate lasts, the less chance it has of passing. Pelosi knew this, which is why she broke her pledge to have it online for 72 hours before a vote. If the American people had enough time to peruse through the 2,000 legislative Goliath they would have found more than enough reasons to oppose it.
So Jeff’s analysis is correct: the only reason this bill got passed is that in the euphoria of passing the Stupak amendment (which banned funding for abortions) conservatives let their guards down. I don’t think this was a deliberate strategy from the Democrats, but it doesn’t matter. When you want to sell something for $25 you set the price at $30. Then, when you come down $5, the other guy feels like he’s getting a deal. That’s what happened here.
It’s going to come down to timing again in the Senate. Right now the Democrats have the momentum because they won in the House. The glory of victory fades quickly in Washington, however, and then attention will turn back to the bill itself. The faster we can get people to focus on the facts instead of the rhetoric the faster we can sap support for this bill.