Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Rush Limbaugh: The Man Who Gave America Health Care Reform!

Kevin Drum and Paul Krugman both have noted the impact that the Club for Growth played in getting Arlen Specter to switch parties and provide the 60th caucus vote.

But just as much praise is also due to Rush Limbaugh.

Recall Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos," an effort to get Republicans in Pennsylvania to re-register as Democrats for the state's closed 2008 Presidential primary in order to vote for Hillary Clinton, whom, Rush theorized, would be dead in the water during the general election. Well, lots of Pennsylvanians did register as Dems during the primary, but they never re-registered back to the GOP, thus creating a more conservative GOP electorate and bad news for Specter.

Say what you will about Nelson and Lieberman, but if Arlen Specter doesn't become a Democrat health care reform never survives a filibuster.

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