Well, so much for that.
What does this mean?
First of all, this will be taken as meaning HCR must be passed exactly as the Senate Bill. That’s already clear. The Democratic reaction to losing Kennedy’s seat will be to do exactly what voters were punishing them for.
In 2010 Democrats will be slaughtered, absolutely slaughtered, because Obama and the senior Democratic leadership does not learn.
In 2012 Obama will become a 1 term president, and a right wing populist will get into power. That populist will turn out not to be a populist, and will do even stupider things than Obama economically (and may start a war, too).
The job is to prepare for this, to get new members and leadership in in 2014. Start working on it now.
Because 2014 and 2016 are going to be your last chance. If the US doesn’t elect people who are willing to do what it takes in those two election years, then the US economy is going to be a smoking ruin, far worse even than it is now.
This group of Dems have proved they can’t learn. Fortunately, and yes, I do mean fortunately, they are going to be swept out of power. Yes, they’ll be replaced by Republicans who are marginally worse, but that will give you your one chance to fix America.
Up to you if you’re up for it. Good luck.