Thursday, February 3, 2011
So the Senate yesterday ended this futile effort by a party line vote of 51-47. But Republicans should be grateful that the Democratic majority even allowed their repeal bill to the floor, considering how many House-passed bills were not even allowed to come to a vote in the Senate in the last Congress, because the Republican minority opposed even allowing these bills to come up for a straight up or down vote.
People can criticize the Obama administration for making too many deals and compromises in an effort to pass legislation. They can make the opposite criticism that the administration has pushed through some kind of radical, socialist agenda. People can say that the Obama team hasn't always sold its accomplishments as well as they might have, or people might explain the administration's struggles by noting that many of the Obama programs--especially the stimulus, the bailouts, and health care reform--have just not been very popular with a large segment of the population. But it would be hard to argue that the Obama administration has done anything just for show. Instead, its efforts have been directed at getting things done, popular or unpopular, compromised or not. The goal has always been to get as much done as possible.
The Republicans in Congress could learn something from watching the Obama administration at work, and from their own failed effort to repeal health care reform. Now that they have had their fun, and they can get whatever political advantage they can from being able to tell constituents that they fulfilled their promise to put repeal up for a vote, as well as being able to tell voters in 2012 that if they want to repeal health care reform, they will have to elect a Republican President and a few more Republican Senators, now is when they should consider rolling up their sleeves and getting to work on stuff that they might actually be able to get done.
(poster from Credo petition campaign)