Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is willing to sacrifice the political futures of her fellow House Democrats in order to get the health care bill passed. That’s generous of her, and the Republicans will absolutely accept that result. I just wonder how many left-leaning true believers are left in the Democratic Congress. The answer to that question will determine the future of this health care bill. Sure, there are a few like Nancy Pelosi who would sacrifice the rest of their political life to get this country-changing reform passed. But I’m willing to bet that at the core, most Washington politicos value self-preservation over ideology. They have seen the writing on the wall with the recent Republican victories and are considering future votes more carefully than they would otherwise.
Most Democrats will choose their jobs over following the Speaker over the political cliff. That’s my prediction.
Even though our side seems to be winning the argument on health care reform, there’s still no reason to be overconfident. There is still work to be done, and when the current legislation goes down in flames, we need to be ready to take advantage of that failure with our own vision and solutions.