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Republicans waterloo?

David Frum, former speechwriter to President George W. Bush:

Conservatives and Republicans today suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s.

It’s hard to exaggerate the magnitude of the disaster. Conservatives may cheer themselves that they’ll compensate for today’s expected vote with a big win in the November 2010 elections. [...]

No illusions please: This bill will not be repealed. Even if Republicans scored a 1994 style landslide in November, how many votes could we muster to re-open the “doughnut hole” and charge seniors more for prescription drugs? How many votes to re-allow insurers to rescind policies when they discover a pre-existing condition? How many votes to banish 25 year olds from their parents’ insurance coverage? And

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:26 AM on Mar. 22, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat. [...]

    So today’s defeat for free-market economics and Republican values is a huge win for the conservative entertainment industry. Their listeners and viewers will now be even more enraged, even more frustrated, even more disappointed in everybody except the responsibility-free talkers on television and radio. For them, it’s mission accomplished. For the cause they purport to represent, it’s Waterloo all right: ours.

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:27 AM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • What you quote is meaningless. While it is a disaster for America it will in the end bring Rep. a win in Nov. It is up to America to hold their feet to the fire.
    Those items you state are not but a drop in the bucket of the cost to Americans. Republicans have no problem wiith preventing the dropping of people who have and pay for their insurance. Having kids on your plan for a few more years is nothing. In fact it's not a law it's a choice parents have. They can drop their kid off a policy at any time. The donut hole (the whole plan that the Dems hated in the first place)can be changed in another bill if necessary but it is not something worth fighting over.
    As far as what the seniors are charged, you have missed the fact that this bill now allows big pharma 12 yrs before a generic can be made of a new drug. So much for savings there. Radicals? Not even an issue, they are not relavent to us.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:41 AM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Sweet, you might smarten up a bit if you stayed off the huffpo type sites.

    Answer by Carpy at 10:43 AM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • You should really read this:

    Fifty percent (50%) say they are less likely to vote this November to reelect a member of Congress who votes for the health care plan.

    Those are numbers current as of this weekend.  It also includes this:

    41% of all voters nationally favor the plan, while54% oppose it.


    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:45 AM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • The Obama-Pelosi-Reid machine combined the radicalism of Alinsky, the corruption of Springfield and the machine power politics of Chicago.
    Sunday was a pressured, bought, intimidated vote worthy of Hugo Chavez but unworthy of the United States of America.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:50 AM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Nov is a long ways away, and we all know voters are fickle. If true transparency and reform is what people want, more people need to get informed and engaged in the process, and the entire SYSTEM needs to be overhauled. It's pretty clear that our system has built in corruption and until that is eliminated large portions of our population will be angry and feel disenfranchised. I hear lots of talk of the Constitution. I think many need to be reminded that we have an amendment process has well.


    Answer by Sisteract at 10:55 AM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Oh Sister, you must be young.
    November is just around the corner. Believe me , We will not forget and with Obama continuing his reach into socialism, new taxes and bad bills, how on earth could we forget that we don't agree with this man and his agenda?

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:58 AM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • LOL Steph- I'm over 50, unless you're 80+, I'm not young-

    Answer by Sisteract at 11:01 AM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Don't be surprised if the economy is so badly in the tank and America is so depressed that the next elections are to be 'postponed' by executive order. Why would the president do such drastic power grabbing, guaranteeing a single term just to get voted out because of it?

    Answer by callmeann at 11:05 AM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • Steph, I am not young and been around long enough to know the American people have a short memory. Also the way the population is growing new thoughts and ideas will be out there. Not to say they will be better, but a whole new generation will be there to voice their opinion. I just hope this country will turn around and start doing better for the children and elderly than they do now.


    Answer by zbee at 11:16 AM on Mar. 22, 2010

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