March 17, 2010


The Stakes Couldn't Be Higher

Richard Cohen: "This is a week for the history books, one way or another. The participants understand that, which helps to explain the intensity of the procedural maneuverings. But some are disinclined to focus on the broad impact, if only because they are too anxious to consider the ramifications if their side fails."

"It's no coincidence that GOPers recently have raised other controversial internal issues such as earmark reforms and ethical challenges that create additional tensions among Dems. The GOP goal has been to maximize the pain leading to the health reform vote."

"A senior Dem leadership aide this week agreed that the stakes are high, and voiced confidence about victory. If he is right, the Dems' deep sigh of relief would be almost as loud as their cheers. If he is wrong, the consequences for Pelosi and the Dem Caucus likely would be cataclysmic."










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