Both of my regular readers probably wonder why this blog hasn’t mentioned the whole Obamacare debacle. Well, I’ve been busy, and it’s been easier to vent on Facebook and Twitter. On both places I’ve tried arguing constitutionality with liberals, who spit, sputter, call names, and simply cannot undertake to lay their fingers, either, on the part of the constitution authorizing this mess.
I felt pretty awful there as, I’m sure, many of you did. Just now, though, I had my first good laugh about the situation. It’s in Allapundit’s musical question, GOP to Dems: Will you join us in voting to ban Viagra for sex offenders?
The idea is that by securing even a slight adjustment in the language, the Senate will have to send the bill back to the House of Representatives for reconsideration. Drawing out the process makes it more likely for it to be tripped up.
On Tuesday, the GOP put its strategy into action, with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okl.) introducing an amendment beyond agreeable. Titled “No Erectile Dysfunction Drugs To Sex Offenders” it would literally prohibit convicted child molesters, rapists, and sex offenders from getting erectile dysfunction medication from their health care providers.
While it will undoubtedly be difficult for Democrats to vote against the measure (one can conjure up the campaign ads already), the party plans to do just that.
“Democrats in the Senate are very unified that this is not going back to the House,” Sen. Wyden (D-Ore.) told the Huffington Post on Tuesday, minutes before the Coburn amendment was introduced.
Everyone get the joke here? If the Dems amend the reconciliation bill for any reason, they have to send it back to the House for yet another vote. So anything the GOP proposes — anything — they’re basically bound to vote no on. And Coburn knows it. One tasty shinola sandwich, coming up! Although I’m confused: If, as the left has convinced itself, ObamaCare is pure win for them politically (see, e.g., today’s ridiculously overhyped Gallup poll), what’s the aversion to another House vote? In fact, why not ping-pong the bill back and forth between the chambers for another month, loading it up with ever more crowd-pleasing amendments? It’s time to own the glorious political victory that looms in November, liberals.
An emailer to Instapundit writes:
Maybe an entire raft of amendments simply praising American soldiers for their victory in Iraq, praising motherhood and apple pie, praising puppies and kittens. By God I’d have a thousand of them and raise them one at a damned time…or until they made me stop.
Oh, and there’s this.