Monday, March 1, 2010

Carville: Health Care Will Be Obama's Waterloo

Via The DailyCaller

James Carville echoed the metaphor made famous this past summer by Senator Jim DeMint in an interview on "Good Morning America" earlier today. The Democratic strategist and pollster seemed uncertain Speaker Pelosi will actually have the votes necessary to pass health care but underscored the urgency to Democrats stating “If the bill loses, it proves Senator DeMint right. It will, I think, by and large, be a lot of the president’s Waterloo, and I think a lot of Democrats realize that.”

Despite the urgency, Carville seemed to find the path ahead a challenge to say the least. Carville expressed some disbelief Pelosi might actually have the votes as she claimed though he suggested it wasn't impossible: “But the math is pretty daunting. I don’t think it’s impossible but it’s going to be difficult. This is going to be a real, real fight.”   For those wondering just how much of a fight passing health care might be Keith Hennessey outlines the numerous hurdles Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid face in making health care reform a reality. Not for the faint of heart, but if you are feeling really wonkish today take a gander at the mechanics of the two-bill strategy. None of this appears to be the simple "up or down vote" on health care the President and his cheerleading friends on the left would have you believe.

Despite the major hurdles facing Democrats, a cautionary note seems important here. Rasmussen finds Obama's health care reform got a bit of a bump after his summit last week. Any slight shift in winds in favor of the reform could sway a vote here or there in the House. Needless to say, this is no time to take our eye off the ball. We've seen Pelosi whip her caucus with the prowess of a circus lion tamer. "She's one tough cookie" about to face the toughest challenge of her political career.  The question might be whether she will allow Obama's Waterloo to become hers as well.

More on Pelosi at Memeorandum


  1. I hope that Sen. Jim DeMint is correct and health care turns out to be Obama and Dems waterloo. We must stand firm and keep on fighting hard against this massive powergrab by the Dems.

  2. We can only hope Teresa, they certainly are determined to get this through one way or another.


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