Thursday, February 25, 2010
Politics is much like playing chess. Much of it is about strategy. Today many of my news feeds refer to the "51" vote strategy. Simply put, the Democrats know that they no longer have a filibuster proof majority and without that any vote can be stalled in the Senate. But with the "51" vote strategy they can get all of the Republicans to vote publicly against health care which is, in essence, a vote against providing good, affordable health care to the people. It will not move forward but in this election year it will be gold as everyone in the House and 1/3 of the Senate has to run for election this fall. The campaign slogans are being readied as we speak. They will say that Republican so and so is not in favor of good health care but is in favor of supporting the big insurance companies and doctors who pay themselves too much. This vote might just secure the next election for the Democrats the same way George W. secured it for the Democrats in 2008. Something about a silver lining.