That sound you hear is health care reform being flushed down the toilet

It is a pleasing sound, the water swirling around and around as it prepares to head for the sewer - where it belongs.

Health care reform, according to none other than mega liberal Russ Feingold, is headed down the crapper writes Ben Smith of Politico:

Russ Feingold tells a Wisconsin crowd of the prospects for health care legislation:

"Nobody is going to bring a bill before Christmas, and maybe not even then, if this ever happens," Feingold said. "The divisions are so deep. I never seen anything like that."

Feingold reiterated his appraisal a bit later.

"We're headed in the direction of doing absolutely nothing, and I think that's unfortunate," he said when asked about the plight of uninsured Americans.

What's happened? Everyone is getting cold feet thanks to the protestors who stood up and said "enough" to Obama and the Democrats. Liberal blogs and newspapers may continue to pretend that all opposition to health care is racist, or astroturfed, or faked in some way. They can continue to delude themselves if they wish.

Meanwhile, the people who have to put their political necks on the line found out differently. They know the anger is real and deep. They know it is a genuine expression of the grass roots and are therefore, reluctant to walk the plank for a president tanking in the polls as well as a party leadership that may be leading them into an historic disaster at the polls in 2010.

Is health care reform really dead? I would never underestimate the power of any president to get anything passed.

But even Obama has got to hear that water swirling around the commode as his precious health care reform measure is about to disappear.


It is a pleasing sound, the water swirling around and around as it prepares to head for the sewer - where it belongs.

Health care reform, according to none other than mega liberal Russ Feingold, is headed down the crapper writes Ben Smith of Politico:

Russ Feingold tells a Wisconsin crowd of the prospects for health care legislation:

"Nobody is going to bring a bill before Christmas, and maybe not even then, if this ever happens," Feingold said. "The divisions are so deep. I never seen anything like that."

Feingold reiterated his appraisal a bit later.

"We're headed in the direction of doing absolutely nothing, and I think that's unfortunate," he said when asked about the plight of uninsured Americans.

What's happened? Everyone is getting cold feet thanks to the protestors who stood up and said "enough" to Obama and the Democrats. Liberal blogs and newspapers may continue to pretend that all opposition to health care is racist, or astroturfed, or faked in some way. They can continue to delude themselves if they wish.

Meanwhile, the people who have to put their political necks on the line found out differently. They know the anger is real and deep. They know it is a genuine expression of the grass roots and are therefore, reluctant to walk the plank for a president tanking in the polls as well as a party leadership that may be leading them into an historic disaster at the polls in 2010.

Is health care reform really dead? I would never underestimate the power of any president to get anything passed.

But even Obama has got to hear that water swirling around the commode as his precious health care reform measure is about to disappear.