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2/21/10

Sen. Bennet and Pres. Obama: they know what's best for us, right?

President Obama is trying to pilot a tattered health care reform through Congress and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado is his wingman.

Watch two clips from their recent Denver fundraising rally (part of a day that raised $675,000 for Bennet's campaign) to gain insight into their dubious strategy.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5vWkOy1kMs


In the first segment, Bennet critiques Washington, specifically the cloture rule that calls for 60 votes in the Senate to end debate and vote on legislation. (Democrats have only 59 votes, meaning the ever-present possibility of a Republican filibuster.)

"But since going to Washington I've discovered that career politicians learn to live in an entirely different world, an echo chamber cut off from the reality of life in America that defies common sense at every turn and uses something called the cloture rule to defy the rule of reason," said Bennet.

Bennet, in the Senate all of one year via coronation by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, is eager to flex his own brand of reason.

Bennet was one of four Democratic senators (now numbering 20) pushing the Senate to bypass cloture and use "reconciliation" (which requires a simple majority of 51 votes) to pass health care reform INCLUDING a public option.

The Wall Street Journal noted
that such a "reconciliation gambit really would be unprecedented for social legislation of this cost and scale."

The Denver Post editorialized that, "Most Americans want Congress to start over on health care reform, but it seems Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet would rather jam it down our throats."

The second video segment is of the President, with Bennet by his side, telling us why health care reform is a must, building to this crescendo: "And that's why we're not going to walk away from it!"


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