TPM is doing the same thing Tim is, trying to track where House members stand. So where do they stand? Everywhere:
It is over, folks. Everyone yelling at Obama and Reid and Pelosi to show leadership should take a deep breath and realize that when the House is this divided, there is really not much threats and the bully pulpit can do. I don’t see how you put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
But what about the magical reconciliation, which some of you insisted for months was the way to go bet never once would show me the 50 votes? I hope you can appreciate this:
There was some talk among Senate leadership on Thursday of putting together a letter signed by 51 Democratic senators pledging to pass a cleanup bill if the House would pass the Senate bill. But that effort fizzled when support for it didn’t materialize, insiders said.
“The Senate moderates’ viewpoint is, ‘We passed our bill. We’re not going to spend three weeks on some other bill,’” said a Democratic lobbyist who represents clients pushing for reform.
“There’s a real possibility it doesn’t get through,” said another Democratic lobbyist.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said one possibility involved having the Senate pass the cleanup bill first. But there’s a question as to whether the Senate can amend a bill that is not yet law, officials said. Reid would also want some assurances ahead of time from the parliamentarian that key elements of the cleanup bill would not be struck from the bill, officials said.
House Democrats are angry with the Senate for passing a bill that divided their base, angering labor unions with a tax on expensive health plans and progressives by abandoning the public option. House members are frustrated that the Senate assumes they will roll over whenever the upper chamber demands it and that they took until late December to pass a bill.
This. Is. Over.
Just bury it and let’s get talking about midnight basketball and after-school programs.
(But, by all means, keep calling. Miracles do happen, and the Kossacks are not giving up.).