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MSM and the Obamacare Vote Count

Thursday, March 4, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The announcement by Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak that he and a dozen others Democrats would not vote for the Senate bill because it provides for taxpayer-funding of abortion greatly complicates Nancy Pelosi’s task.

What MSM has not done, however, is to report on who these dozen members are, or how the count stands generally. This is part of the year-long cheerleading effort by the Manhattan-Beltway media elite of the Obamacare agenda –never providing focus for the public on who might be on the fence. Such focus would greatly increase the public pressure on those members, thus increasing the difficulty the president and the Speaker face in getting Obamacare passed. Senators facing the tradition-destroying reconciliation votes would also hesitate to throw in with the White House if they knew that the Senate bill wasn’t going to pass the House anyway.

Which means everyone is very interested in in knowing where the vote count stands, and yet there is zero reporting of “yeas,” “nays,” and undecideds. The most important vote on domestic policy in decades and the MSM’s scores of alleged reporters in D.C. cannot come up with a House scorecard?

This is a repeat of the Edwards fiasco –a complete unwillingness of the so-called “journalistic elite” to dig out the facts even though there is immense interest in the facts. It is much easier to report the Speaker’s spin or the president’s 100th “last ditch effort” than it is to call 435 offices or seek out the key few dozen members who hold the fate of Obamacare in their hands.

It is MSM’s job, but Obamacare fans hope they continue not to do it.

The lists of Blue Dog Democrats and of pro-Obamacare Democrats from swing districts are in the post below. You can make your own inquiries while urging them all to vote no and to declare their intention to do so publicly.


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