WillCollier.com, June 19, 2009:
The Obama Administration is over, at least in terms of major legislation.
Socialized medicine disguised as a "public option" will not pass Congress. Neither will the beloved-of-Hollywood-airheads "cap and trade" energy tax bill. Ditto for the union-pushed "card check" payoff. This triad of massive government expansion, considered the crown jewels for Obama's New New Deal, are all walking dead. Forget about the Democrats having 60 Senate votes to block a filibuster; I doubt any one of the three could get to a bare majority, assuming they ever came to the floor. Which they probably won't.
The realization of all this clearly hasn't sunk in yet with all of the Administration, the Congressional leadership, or the Obamedia, and no wonder: they've thought for months that all of these things were going to be a slam dunk. They're just starting to realize that they could have had the whole megillah of Europeanizing the American economy, but instead, they blew it.
Obama and his party in Congress, wrapped up in a comfortable cocoon of media adulation, misread the results of the last two elections. Rather than examining public disgust at government overspending, overreach and general corruption, they chose instead to read 2006-08 as a mandate for Liberal governance.
Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), December 27, 2009:
“The card check issue is dead. Whether there comes to be another sort of labor bill, we’ll wait to see ... But as far as the check off, there are not the votes for that.”
Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), January 19, 2010:
"In the aftermath of a very, very heavy lift on health care, I think it is unlikely that the Senate will turn next to a very complicated and very controversial subject of cap-and-trade, climate legislation," Dorgan told reporters on a conference call.
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), January 21, 2009:
"In its present form without any changes I don't think it's possible to pass the Senate [health care] bill in the House, adding "I don't see the votes for it at this time."