I’ve been dubious that Nancy Pelosi lacks the juice to muscle Obamacare through the House, but her enforcers must be running into a wall. Minority Leader John Boehner’s blog introduces us to the aptly named Slaughter solution via this Congress Daily report (PDF). Boehner’s blog reports:
The twisted scheme by which Democratic leaders plan to bend the rules to ram President Obama’s massive health care legislation through Congress now has a name: the Slaughter Solution.
The Slaughter Solution is a plan by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the Democratic chair of the powerful House Rules Committee and a key ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), to get the health care legislation through the House without an actual vote on the Senate-passed health care bill. You see, Democratic leaders currently lack the votes needed to pass the Senate health care bill through the House. Under Slaughter’s scheme, Democratic leaders will overcome this problem by simply “deeming” the Senate bill passed in the House – without an actual vote by members of the House.
Is this some kind of a joke? At NRO, Daniel Foster explains that the joke may be on us. This must be one of the cases described by Brecht in which it is time for the government to dissolve the people and elect another.
JOHN adds: What we’re seeing in Washington is appalling, but there is a bright side–the craziness is proof that the Democrats don’t have the votes for Obamacare in the House. They’ve pulled out all the stops, pushed every chip they have into the center of the table, and they still don’t have the votes. Will they get them? I don’t think anyone knows. Normally I would take the cynical view and say, Sure, if they twist enough arms, in the House they can ultimately do what they want. But they’ve done pretty much everything they can think of, and they don’t have the votes yet. So what reason is there to assume that one more stratagem will put them over the top?
If the Dems do try the Slaughter solution, I think we can deem Congress to be Republican after November.