Yes, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb) is a political whore. And a cheap one at that. He caved. And he is giving the senate a green light, and the critical 60th vote, to invoke cloture and move the so-called health care reform along to the eventual House-Senate conference to iron out the massive differences in the health-care "reform" scam.
But, do not think that this is a done deal just yet.
Remember, the language in the House regarding abortion is stronger than that of the senate. If Michigan Democrat Congressman Bart Stupak does not get what he wants, how many like-minded Democrats will he have to join Republicans in opposing what a conference committee tries to iron out?
And while the abortion language is stronger in the House, so too is the whole "public option". It is non-existent in the senate version. Will those allied with Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, vote for in conference for a bill that has no public option?
These are real opportunities to kill this monstrosity before it can get to the Dear Leader, President Obama's desk.
I am not being Pollyanna about this. More than likely, the Democrats will figure a way to pay off everyone they can to get this monstrosity through and on the Dear Leader's desk by the State of the Union speech.
But, since it has taken this long to get something when the Democrats have had all the marbles, maybe those who let it get this far may take another look. Do they want their party totally wiped out in the 2010 midterm elections? Do they want to truly make the health-care delivery system in the United States about the same as a high-end, third-world nation? Do they really believe that nationalizing the health-care delivery will really lower costs without lowering services and supposedly covering more people? Do they really believe that everything they rail about the eeevvviiilll health insurance companies will not happen under a nationalized health-care delivery system?
That is why I think that there may be enough nervous Democrats to do serious enough damage to the bill in conference that could kill it.
It almost happened in the House. And once we get into next year and the midterm elections, many Democrats may come to realize that this is a bridge too far.
Again, I am not all that hopeful. It does appear that the Democrats are willing to jump the shark and ram this through. But, this pesky conference to iron out differences may indeed exacerbate the differences.
It will also prove the late humorist Will Rogers right.
He said that he does not belong to a political party. He is a Democrat.