Several years ago, Rush Limbaugh gave Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the nickname â€œDingy Harry,â€ suggesting a less-intimidating version of Clint Eastwoodâ€™s legendary big-screen hero.Â As Michelle Malkin demonstrated on â€œHannityâ€ last night, Reid is still living up to it.
Reid has been having difficulties selling national healthcare to the American people, and the Democrats are threatening to force a bill with a public option through the Senate via reconciliation (a process which overrides filibuster attempts and limits the amount of time a bill can be debated and how many amendments may be proposed during that time.)
Senate is preparing debate on a bill called â€œDoc Fix,â€ which would freeze cuts in Medicare payments to doctors for the next 10 years as a means to ease passage of Obamacare later this Fall. The version of â€œDoc Fixâ€ was originally part of the Obamacare plan and the secret negotiators wanted to take $247 billion off the books of President Obamaâ€™s heath care legislation. The left would like to pass this bill, with or without offsets, so they can buy support for a public plan from a group, and a lobbying interest, that has opposed a government takeover of health care and the creation of a public plan.
The scheme failed, but the fiasco is yet another shining example of how Barack Obama hasnâ€™t even tried to make good on his campaign promise to usher in a new era of trustworthy government, which has been so egregious that even liberals have noticed.
Allahpundit doesnâ€™t think Reid will risk reconciliation, and he may be rightâ€”in addition to the reasons he gives about Reidâ€™s political savvy and opposition from fellow Democrats, the next day Reid tried to have it both ways:
â€œWeâ€™re not even discussing [it],â€ Reid told reporters Thursday. â€œWe believe health care should be bipartisan. We believe we have the opportunity to do that.â€ [â€¦] But when asked whether the option was on the table, as Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said earlier this week, Reid quipped: â€œIâ€™ve never known Schumer to say anything wrong.â€
Will Dingy Harry chance it?Â I guess heâ€™ll have to take his namesakeâ€™s advice and ask himself, â€œDo I feel lucky, punk?â€