They're not giving up ...
Um, Rahm, how are they going to pull that one off? Neither draft is out of committee yet in the House, and the same goes for the one in the Senate. Reid pulled the plug on a vote in the Senate, and so did Granny Rictus yesterday backing her upper chamber colleague. She's being hammered by the Blue Dogs that they won't sign onto this bill because they know it will cost them their jobs next year.
(We know that in previous votes this year Pelosi and Reid have given members of their caucus "permission" to not go along, and it's usually when they know for certain they already have enough votes, such as with the Pork-A-Palooza.)
But this vote is different. The Blue Dogs are hearing from their constituents, and when they get those calls it's becoming painfully obvious to them that: A) Their constituents have read enough about this that they're not behind it. And B) They're constituents are ticked off as all Hell. They're afraid of what might happen if they go along with this. (Here's a hint -- You'll be out of a job come 2010.)
Of course, breaking news just a few minutes ago shows that Pelosi isn't going away quietly as she is moving forward for a floor vote before the August recess. Again, I'd like to see what they're voting on, exactly. Their bills -- their proposals -- are in committee Hell.
In short, this is far from over. But if they can't ram this through both Houses before the August recess, the Democrats are in trouble. Why? It'll give us plenty of time to read what's in the bills (should they be brought to the floor), and when they come back they'll be facing an educated opposition. It could very well be the stake through the heart of the beast. Members of Congress are already hearing from us, and we're not happy with this at all, sort of the way we weren't happy about the immigration reform. That's what the Congress is facing, and they think they can push back against us and we'll go away.
That ain't happening at all.
Congress would be wise to listen to us. Their approval numbers aren't exactly bragging material. And the president's approval numbers are now below fifty percent. Senator DeMint is correct. This particular issue is shaping up to be Barry's "Waterloo."