After endless, surely well-intentioned Republican finger-wagging about how the passage of a healthcare reform bill would inevitably result in a Republican landslide in the fall, the obvious retort started to gain traction:
OK, Mr. Republican Senator, if you think that Democrats will suffer a stunning defeat if they pass health-care reform, why not end your filibuster? Then, instead of the House passing the Senate's version of HCR, the Senate could pass the House's version, and it would be done. You could await your stunning victories in 2010 and 2012, and then repeal the bill before most of the key provisions take effect in 2014 (or actually 2013, under the House's bill). Then you'd have your smashing political victory, and the dreaded socialist takeover would never have occurred. If you really believe what you're saying, wouldn't that be the best of all possible worlds? So how about it -- why not end your filibuster?If it has to confront the obvious, what's an anti-reform editorial board like the Washington Post's to do? You guessed it - time to call in the concern trolls.
Update: Paul Waldman at Tapped shares his thoughts on the flawed reasoning behind the Caddell & Schoen opinion piece.