Missing. The. Point.

September 8th, 2008at 06:50pm Posted by Eli

Will the Democrats ever get it?

Congressional Democrats have scrapped plans for another vote on expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, thus sparing Republicans from a politically difficult vote just weeks before elections this fall.

Before the summer recess, Democrats had vowed repeatedly to force another vote on the popular program. But Democrats say they have shifted course, after concluding that President Bush would not sign their legislation and that they could not override his likely veto.

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Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said: “We are not going to change any votes on the children’s health insurance bill. We still don’t have enough to override a veto. Those who opposed this bill can face the voters and explain why they believe 10 million kids should not get health coverage.”

The child health program has become an issue in some Congressional races. In almost every speech, Kay Barnes, a Democrat running for Congress in northwest Missouri, criticizes Representative Sam Graves, a Republican, for voting against the bill last year. Mr. Graves said the bill would have allowed illegal immigrants and some high-income people to get “free taxpayer-funded health care.”

You know, guys, it really wouldn’t hurt to make your Republican opponents go on record once again as hating children and wanting them to die.  And if they cave, then you can be heroes for expanding children’s healthcare.  It’s a win-win.  But not forcing the issue, and counting on voters to remember a vote from months and months ago, that’s a lose-lose.

Legislative victories are great, and are always the preferred outcome.  But if you can’t achieve those, then you can at least make your opponents pay for being on the wrong side of a popular bill.  And getting to attack them as being anti-children is campaign gold.

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