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Republican Leaders

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and other Republican stars are headed to New Orleans. Politico.com's Ben Smith and Time's Michael Scherer discuss this weekend's Southern Republican Leadership Conference and what's ahead for the Republican party heading into November's mid-term elections.

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Comments [4]

Ed H. from Larchmont

The main problem with the bill is that it covers abortion.

Apr. 09 2010 08:10 AM
Ed H. from Larchmont

But it only takes a majority to cut the funding of the bill.

Apr. 09 2010 08:08 AM
superf88

In response to bl's query as to whether the gop must have a defense as to why they did not present their own health care plan in the 12 years they had congressional control, politico's smith replied:

no. "the opposition party isn't expected to present positive change but to serve as a check and critic against the party in control."

As a voter, I disagree. 1st, if the gop had presented its own health care plan at some point, their present critiques would have a resulting baseline of integrity. Because they didn't, and still don't, their cries are sophomoric-sounding at best.

Serving as a check and critic against the party in control? Didn't that used to be the ONE aspiration of the competent journalist?

Apr. 08 2010 10:24 AM
Peter from Brooklyn

I wish it would be pointed out more clearly and more often that it takes 67 votes in the senate in order for the health care bill to be repealed. This is not just unlikely but downright utopian. Even with a landslide victory the GOP will not go from 41 to 67 seats in the senate.

Apr. 08 2010 10:16 AM

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