Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tuesday's trackings

Liberal "Republican" Senator Olympia Snowe caves--she'll vote for the Baucus reform measure, and hand Democrats a victory:
"The Maine senator kept virtually all of Washington guessing about how she would vote until she announced it late in the Senate Finance Committee debate Tuesday. She told her colleagues she has misgivings about the bill, but "when history calls, history calls."

What courage. Nothing like passing the buck. She's not making this decision, see--rather, "history" is supposedly demanding it of her. If she truly had misgivings about this bill, and they aren't addressed, then just waving her hands, blowing her concerns off and suggesting "history" made her do it is truly craven. It should remind conservatives again of just why so-called "moderate" Republicans are at times such a cancer in this party.
Meanwhile, don't give up hope yet, conservatives--the left is yet to unite around this bill:
"WASHINGTON — A top labor lobbyist says about 30 unions will run a full-page ad in newspapers Wednesday announcing their opposition to the Senate Finance Committee's health overhaul bill....The legislative director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Chuck Loveless, says unions are unhappy that the legislation lacks a publicly run insurance plan and would tax insurers that provide expensive coverage."

Even Democrats are now questioning whether Creigh Deeds, the Dem candidate for governor of Virginia, has what it takes to win his race against Bob McDonnell. And when they're saying that publicly and leaking such thoughts anonymously to reporters at this point in the campaign, they know the answer to their question is--nope.

Even very hard-line, partisan leftist commentators think the president is being "whiny" in going after the FNC:
"An administration that won the White House with an almost always on-message campaign and generally friendly coverage from old and new media is now frustrated by its inability to control the debate and get the coverage it wants."

Read the whole thing.