March 1, 2010

On Fox News Sunday, Liz Cheney thinks if the Democrats use the reconciliation process to pass the health care bill it's going to be a vote to "destroy their career" and "dangerous as an exercise in democracy". I would guess she didn't feel the same way about the Republicans using the process for Bush's tax cuts for the rich.

WALLACE: Liz, maybe I've been out of touch for the last six weeks. But I -- the way I thought that the last six weeks had played out was they had the huge victory of Scott Brown in Massachusetts. All the polls indicated that people were growing in their opposition to this bill.

The Democrats and the president were -- let's focus on job one, which is jobs and the economy. And we weren't going to go down this road. And now we're back, for the next month, because they're saying they're going to get it done between now and the end of March, for the Democrats again talking about comprehensive reform through reconciliation. What happened?

CHENEY: You know, I think it's really supreme arrogance, frankly. I mean, I think you've got a situation here where it's absolutely clear the American people don't support the bill. It's absolutely clear that they don't support ramming it through using reconciliation.

The Republicans, I agree with Juan, showed up at the summit and laid out very clearly the concerns about the cost of the bill and the substance of what's in the bill. And yet still, the White House is saying, "We're going to push this thing through."

Speaker Pelosi this morning is out there saying that -- "You know, go ahead and vote for this, even if it's going to destroy your career," which it will, because the American people do not support it. So it's fascinating as a political exercise, but it's dangerous as an exercise in democracy.

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