Friday, March 19, 2010

Altmire Voting No, Boyd Yes, and a Fracture in the Stupak Block- Bad News- UPDATE: Cantor Claims Dems Are Bluffing

He's been listening to his constituents, well isn't that novel:
"I regret that this year-long process of debating health care reform has resulted in a final product that I cannot support," he said. "The cost of inaction on health care is great, but it would be an even bigger mistake to pass a bill that could compound the problem of skyrocketing health care costs."

In a live interview on KDKA-TV News at 6 on Tuesday, Altmire said his constituents would help him make the final decision.

"I'm deciding it by doing everything I possibly can to hear what they have to say," he said "The rallies at my office, the phone calls, emails, and letters that are coming in to Washington and in the district."

What he heard from his constituents was the vast majority of them opposed this health care reform. So, is this a big win for "nomentum?" It is tough to say. Rep. Alan Boyd of Florida has declared he will vote for the bill. Boyd is facing a tough primary challenge from the left in a R+6 District. Go figure. Clearly some who were annoyed on the left decided his previous no vote merited a primary challenge as punishment. Though they couldn't have known about the importance of this vote at the time, the challenge does seem to have bought them another yes vote.

It's looking grim. Breaking news Brad Ellsworth is breaking with the Stupak coalition to vote yes. So where does this leave the Stupak coalition? Looks as though we will find out tomorrow at 11 AM.
Update: Stupak's office sent out an email saying he will hold a press conference with "other pro-life" members at 11:00a.m. to discuss the health care bill. Maybe all the pro-life Democrats cut a deal?

If they've made a deal then this is done. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Eric Cantor claims Democrats are bluffing and details why in the link. Byron York concludes:
Who is correct? It's clear the Democrats are working around the clock to create a sense of momentum and inevitability about the vote. But the fact is, there are still enough unknowns to say the outcome is entirely in doubt.


  1. Is it possible that Ellsworth saying he was voting Yes, is just a ruse to lull the Pelosi into thinking she is closer than she really is? I mean he could vote No even after saying he was going to vote yes.

  2. Right Janet and now I find Eric Cantor says they are bluffing. I think they are trying to build a false sense of momentum and there is no lie I would put past them to do it.

  3. I hope the news of Rep. Altmire voting NO is true because that libtard voted YES, to allow the Slaughter Rule to be used to pass the bill. He may be trying to save face with his consituents, though. But, I don't think that his contituents are going to buy his "conversion" to a no vote.

  4. I think Altmire is a definite No, I think at a minimum he is all about self-preservation if nothing else. At least he is willing to give some consideration to the fact his constituents would vote him out. Over here at the other end of the state Patrick Murphy jumped aboard Pelosi's lap and promised his vote early on.


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