They Voted, But What Does It Mean?

There is little question that Representative Slaughter has a space laid out for her in the history books. The question is whether she will be known as the person who made it possible for the health care “reform” legislation to pass, or whether she will be known as the one who precipitated a crisis of confidence in the House of Representatives to perform its constitutional role? Of course, right now, all we really know is that enough representatives said “go ahead with the funky vote.”

The Hill has more:

Democrats shot down a Republican effort to force an up-or-down vote on the Senate healthcare bill on Thursday afternoon.
In a 222-203 vote, Democrats beat back a GOP resolution offered by Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Parker Griffith (Ala.) that would have forced lawmakers to vote on the Senate healthcare bill separately from the series of fixes they hope to make to that legislation.

All Republican lawmakers who voted opposed the measure, which had the effect of ending the GOP’s effort to force a vote. They were joined by 28 Democrats, who broke with party members on the vote.

222 Democrats supported the measure, though, meaning enough to proceed. Three members of both parties did not vote.

I do not currently know who the 28 Democrats were who voted against it, but there is no guarantee that they will vote the same way for the next step in the process. In the words of the old song “one thing is certain, nothing is sure in the game of love law.”