healthcare-reformQuestion #1 during much of the Health Care Debate was: “Why the rush?”.

I should have seen it at the time, but now, it is clear to me just how important it was for Democrats to pass Health Care Reform, in any condition.  Even torn to shreds.  Getting it done early in 2010 was absolutely essential.

Because that was the one chance that Democrats had of holding seats in November.

It’s a gambit that tries our souls and puts folks on both the left and right on edge.  By completing the effort early in the year, Democrats have essentially taken ownership of the election, or at least taken a position that gives them a stronger political advantage.  That is, stronger than they would have had if they had tried and failed to complete the work, or completed it in late summer or early fall.

The manner in which Republicans play this out over the next several months will have a greater impact than anything.  Even though a majority of Americans opposed the Democrats plan, ultimately the tide will shift on the perceived benefit of those in the middle.  Already, some Republicans are seeing the challenge of continuing to fight this head on.

Now, instead of fighting against a bad idea, instead of promoting a smarter model for Americans to address the real Health Care issues at hand, Republicans who go all in with […]

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Eric Florack on April 2nd, 2010

Passed along by a reader, in my feedback this morning: For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress.  Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn’t pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from […]

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Eric Florack on March 31st, 2010

Welcome, one and all, to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the Internet The BitsBlog Nightly Ramble. HEY… CSEA…. Glenn Reynolds suggests that public-sector unions should be illegal.  I think he’s right. Danny Donahue, are you listening? NOT SOCIALIST? FAIL….. Sorry, Mickey.  I’ve got a lot a love for you, man, but you missed […]

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Eric Florack on August 10th, 2009

Welcome, one and all to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the sphere…The BitsBlog Nightly Ramble This is the Vacation Edition Not that I actually have one this year, (Thanks, Barry!) but I can dream, right? IT’S THE CULTURE, STUPID: I’ve said for years, it’s not racism, it’s cultural clash.  Mike Shelton at Pajamas […]

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Eric Florack on July 6th, 2009

We inturrupt this blog to bring you the most intense nightly read anywhere on the ‘sphere..The BitsBlog Nightly Ramble This is the Root Beer Edition Someone noticed: Amusing that BitsBlog managed to make The New York Times over the weekend.  And here, I thought they weren’t paying attention.  I wonder; since this whole Madoff thing […]

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Eric Florack on March 13th, 2009

Welcome to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the ‘sphere… The BigsBlog Nightly Ramble This is the “Mirror Image” edition.  I got to thinking; What would happen if I started applying the website CSS to other objects? This is the first result. And yeah, I’ve used it before. But I’m working on another one, […]

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Eric Florack on February 25th, 2009

OK, I know that by now a lot of you either saw or read though this speech of Obama’s, and so it’s old news. But I’ve seen nobody rip through this thing point by point. I can understand why… with my work and family schedule it took me most of a day to get this […]

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Eric Florack on January 7th, 2009

Welcome one and all to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the sphere… BitsBlog’s Nightly Ramble A mix of rain and snow over the snow that came down last night… sloppy driving today around here. It can’t decide if it wants to rain or snow. Between the snow, the ice and the ponded water, […]

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davidl on January 4th, 2009

Now I will not say that Dirty Harry Reid is the worst Senate Majority Leader ever.   I will say that Dirty Harry is about two pounds of sand short of a brick.   On Meet the Depressed,  Dirty Harry called George W. {Forty-Three) Bush”[T]he worst president we’ve ever had.”   Well that’s Dirty Harry’s opinion, and he […]

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