“No one will know until this is actually in place how it works. But we believe we’ve done something that has been needed for a long time. It took a crisis to bring us to the point where we could actually get this job done.”
Am I the only one who is flabbergasted that the Democrats think this is an acceptable line of argument? Would you ever tell your boss, “You know, I think it’s a great company, but we’re going to have to buy it to find out what’s in it.” Or “Yeah, I think we did great last quarter, but we’re going to have to file that financial statement to find out what’s in it.” It’s the political equivalent of buying a car off Craigslist without seeing it first, and justifying it by saying, “It took me losing a lot of money on a few other lemons to reach this historic achievement.”
It would almost be overlooked as a vapid statement by a 70-something Senator who didn’t sleep the night before, but Pelosi’s statement has been mocked so thoroughly — it appears in seemingly every story about the health care bill containing nasty surprises — no politician worth his salt could repeat such words without instantly realizing his error. Of course, the guy is retiring, after all.
UPDATE: Rob Long pointed out this gem from the same press conference. about the same bill.
“This is about as important as it gets, because it deals with every single aspect of our lives,” said Sen. Christopher Dodd (D., Conn.), a chief architect of the compromise.
Oh, good. So we don’t have to worry at all.