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Michelle Malkin Challenges "Dingy Harry" on Hannity

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Posted on October 30 2009 5:00 am
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.
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This is basically the Democrats' method for achieving socialized medicine.

Several years ago, Rush Limbaugh gave Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the nickname “Dingy Harry,” suggesting a less-intimidating version of Clint Eastwood’s legendary big-screen hero.  As Michelle Malkin demonstrated on “Hannity” 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.)

During the segment, Malkin called attention to a Democrat attempt to bribe doctors into supporting ObamaCare:

Senate is preparing debate on a bill called “Doc Fix,” 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 “Doc Fix” was originally part of the Obamacare plan and the secret negotiators wanted to take $247 billion off the books of President Obama’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 hasn’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 doesn’t think Reid will risk reconciliation, and he may be right—in addition to the reasons he gives about Reid’s political savvy and opposition from fellow Democrats, the next day Reid tried to have it both ways:

“We’re not even discussing [it],” Reid told reporters Thursday. “We believe health care should be bipartisan. We believe we have the opportunity to do that.” […] But when asked whether the option was on the table, as Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said earlier this week, Reid quipped: “I’ve never known Schumer to say anything wrong.”

Will Dingy Harry chance it?  I guess he’ll have to take his namesake’s advice and ask himself, “Do I feel lucky, punk?”

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Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also blogs at the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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