Let’s conduct a little experiment. We all heard today, in breathless email alerts from CNN, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, that Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) went all mavericky and bravely bucked her party to vote with the Democrats on the Finance Committee in support of the Baucus health care bill. Of course, mathematically speaking, this is a non-issue. The Democrats outnumber the Republicans on the Committee by 13-10. They didn’t need her and there was no danger that the bill would not pass.
But we will nevertheless hear the talking points tonight and tomorrow about how this provides a veneer of bipartisan cover for the president and his allies in Congress. It will be wall-to-wall Snowe on the morning shows.
But there was other news today. In fact it was reported in The Hill before Snowe’s bombshell, that Sen. Joe Lieberman, who caucuses with the Democrats, and who is most definitely part of the so-called filibuster-proof 60 vote Democrat bloc, will vote against the Baucus bill when (if?) it comes to the floor.
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