It’s going to come down to a whip count in the Senate. If Baucus’ bill has legs, they should move on it quickly, before the honeymoon is over and Senate Republicans have the balls to use a filibuster.
Because I’m sorry, but was the writer awake during the past eight years? The Republicans have always had the balls to use that which they declared the Democrats could not without destroying the very fabric of society. Hypocrisy isn’t just a tool in their arsenal, it’s the sum total of said arsenal and most of its ammunition. The Republicans will filibuster Baucus’s bill just to watch it die and declare to all and sundry that they had no choice because liberals suck.
If there’s one thing that has consistently made me fucking crazy over the past two presidential administrations it’s the willingness of Republicans to use any and all means available to screw over their constituents in order to piss off liberals, while Democrats are reluctant to use the same means to make people’s lives better for fear of pissing off conservatives.