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Fait Accompli: Vote for ObamaCare, Lose Your Seat

John on March 15, 2010 at 12:07 am

They were selling it on the weekend shows as a done deal, a fait accompli. But the reality is they don’t have the votes despite pulling out all the stops:

Television advertisements were cost-prohibitive in the district of Representative John Adler of New Jersey, who voted against the health care bill last year, so proponents formed a special grass-roots action campaign. A dozen members of the clergy who support overhauling the health care system recently met with the congressman’s rabbi, who said he would talk to Mr. Adler about the legislation.

Mr. Obama is making daily telephone calls to Democrats who supported the health care bill last year, but have yet to decide how they intend to vote this time. He is also focusing on those who opposed the legislation, including Representative Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio, who said the measure did not go far enough.

The president’s trip to Ohio includes Mr. Kucinich’s district, and he invited the congressman to join him aboard Air Force One. Mr. Kucinich said he was grateful for the ride and for the president’s visit, but added that he was disinclined to support the bill as it stands.

“Barack Obama is my president; I want him to succeed,” Mr. Kucinich said in an interview. “But I think it’s important to have real health care reform. I wish I could vote for it, but I don’t think I can.”

I don’t want to read too much into Kucinich’s statement, but it sure sounds like the pitch he got was heavy on helping Obama “succeed” not on the strength of the bill itself.

They’re not going to make it, that’s how it looks to me. But even if they do, it’ll be a Pyrrhic victory. There’s no re-branding this. It has been before the public for over a year. The elections are only seven months away. You aren’t going to move the needle enough to matter in that time. And I think we all know how effective having the President on the stump has been in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Dems who vote yes are choosing to vacate their seat in November. That’s the real fait accompli here.

Related: No surprise but unions are playing hardball:

New York’s labor-backed Working Families Party, a major state player whose ballot line is a prized asset to Democratic candidates, will deny its endorsement to any member of Congress who votes “no” on health care legislation, party officials said.

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