Maybe we have a day or so to celebrate. Maybe.
John Kyl has already promised to try to kill the reconciliation bill with endless amendments.
John Cornyn has telegraphed the GOP strategy for November. Try to kill the bill in crib:
“The question you’re going to see Republicans asking in November is, ‘Have your health insurance costs gone down?’ ” Mr. Cornyn said. “And I think the answer to that is going to be no.”
Ross Douthat claims that unless the health care bill satisfies the most optimistic projections, then it will show the bankruptcy of liberalism and our “rendezvous with a bankrupt, Californian future” (conveniently ignoring conservatives’ responsibility for the Californian present).
Thomas Donahue of the US Chamber of Commerce pledges to to keep opposing the health care measure “through all available avenues — regulatory, legislative, legal and political.”
The forces of plutocracy are not giving up, and it is easy for them. When you represent the interests of the wealthy and powerful, you tend to have access to a lot of wealth and power.
By all means, let’s celebrate, and as Mark suggests, say a “Shehechianu” for this moment. And then: back into the trenches.