Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Day of Reckoning?

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) told his Senate colleagues that the GOP would have a lot to answer for in their campaign against the healthcare bill.

When it turns out there are no death panels, when there is no bureaucrat between you and your doctor, when the ways your health care changes seem like a good deal to you, and a pretty smart idea, when the American public sees the discrepancy between what really is, and what they were told by the Republicans, there will be a reckoning. There will come a day of judgment about who was telling the truth.

The sentiment has a nice Frank Capra-Mr. Smith Goes to Washington touch to it, but I doubt that it will actually work out that way. What is more likely is that the GOP will gin up some faux outrage at the intemperate words of the gentleman from Rhode Island and insist that he apologize for impugning the reputation of the Republicans, and it will probably come from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who, during the same debate, prayed that some accident would befall some senator so that he wouldn’t show up to vote for the bill.