Two important posts tonight from NRO that seem to indicate that a consensus is brewing - one that is deadly for Reid's Healthcare "reform" bill.
First, Rich Lowry proclaims that "the Reid bill is really tottering now . . . "If this thing falls apart, you can look back to today as the tipping point," says a Republican aide in the Senate."
Lowry concludes that "we just might be watching the bill fall apart before our eyes"
Next, Robert Costa quotes Senator Lamar Alexander on the current status of negotiations:
“All of the king’s horses and all of the king’s men may not be able to put 60 together again,” says Alexander, in reference to the (barely) 60 votes Reid got last month to bring his bill to the floor. “With two weeks until Christmas, Democrats find themselves in the awkward position of trying to pass a 2,000-page bill — a bill which most of them admit they don’t know much about.”
“Friday, December 11 may turn out to be a seminal day for the health-care debate,” says Alexander. “The majority leader has been trying to create a sense of inevitability, but this debate is beginning to feel a lot like the 2007 immigration debate. The sense of inevitability is rapidly diminishing. Every new survey shows public support fading. CNN says that 61 percent of Americans are opposed to this bill.”
Why is there such growing public frustration with Reid’s bill? “Health care is not the only issue at work here,” says Alexander. “Health care has become a proxy for public restlessness and anger about bailouts, spending, and debt. All of these issues are tied up.”
This Senate debate is far from over, but it sure feels like it's moving rapidly out of Reid's inept hands. Today may be "the day the music died." If Obama were a true leader, he would have stepped in a long time ago, instead of out-sourcing the details to Congress.