Posted on | March 20, 2010 | 49 Comments
Both Left and Right are hearing rumors that the Dems are drafting an executive order to quell pro-life Democrat opposition to the government health care takeover plan.
I thought of doing this as an update to the Code Red rally post, but . . . this is just so bizarre, I’m having trouble believing it. Will try to verify and update later.
Meanwhile, Byron York reports that the Rules Committee descended into chaos today. Are we surprised? Hell, I’ve been up since 5 a.m. just trying to keep up with this story, and I’m on the verge of descending into chaos myself . . .
UPDATE 2:22 p.m.: Bill Owens is a “yes,” which means, as Ed Morrissey says, “Doug Hoffman has a new commercial.” Ed also blogs the Rules Committee chaos, and provides this video of Paul Ryan talking about the “Slaughter Solution”:
The American Spectator‘s health-care ace Philip Klein confirms that both Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer have suggested that President Obama would sign an executive order in exchange for the Stupak bloc’s votes. Never mind whether it’s constitutional, this is just so freaking insane I’m having trouble processing it.
Guess it’s time to brew that third pot of coffee . . .
UPDATE 3:11 p.m. ET: Now hearing that “deem and pass” is dead, and a D.C. source tells me that pro-lifers aren’t buying the exectuive order pitch, rumors of which had been heard earlier this week. However, the fact that leadership is even talking about such a far-fetched maneuver means that Pelosi still doesn’t have enough votes to pass the bill.
Meanwhile, we have photos of Smitty at the Code Red rally:
Here’s the close-up of Smitty’s signs, and you can click the photo to see full-size:
Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life spoke today at the rally:
“The bottom line is they do not have the votes,” said Yoest, the president of the nation’s oldest pro-life organization. “Never before in the history of this country have taxpayer dollars been seized like this to expand federal funding of abortion,” noted Dr. Yoest. . . .
“This vote will count when the House and Senate go before their constituents, no matter the kind of verbal gymnastics employed by the pro-abortion lobby. A Yes vote for this bill is a vote to fund abortion with tax dollars which more than seven out of ten Americans oppose. In fact, this is the only bi-partisan agreement we’ve seen in the health care debate.”
So, evidently, the whole thing comes down to the abortion issue. Time for lunch. I haven’t even had breakfast yet today . . .
UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. ET: Lunch? We don’t need no stinkin’ lunch! Here’s a report from Steven Ertelt of Life News on the executive-order ploy:
Apparently unable to find enough votes for the pro-abortion Senate health care bill and with talks breaking down on how to allow Rep. Bart Stupak a vote on some sort of motion or bill to stop abortion funding, Democrats appear to be relying on a potential executive order to corral more votes for the bill.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters at mid-day today . . . he can’t promise an executive order will be issued but said one is under discussion.
“The intent is obviously to express what we have said all along, that we believe the language that has been included in both bills seeks to accomplish, and that is that there will no use of public funds for abortion,” he said.
Translation: They don’t have the votes, and all this talk you hear from the MSM is just hype intended to create the impression of “inevitability.” They’re bluffing. It might possibly work, but it’s certainly not a done deal yet.
UPDATE 3:38 p.m. ET: From a Capitol Hill source, here’s a link to the Manager’s amendment to the reconciliation bill (PDF), which comes with this note:
It will be a self-executed rule, even though the Democrats say that the “deem & pass” seems to be off the table and they will have an up/down vote on the Senate Health Care bill.
Congratulations to anyone who understands what that actually means.