Does James Carville Understand the Meaning of “Filibuster Proof”?
Showing his trademark tenacity and preference for propaganda over persuasion, James Carville (pictured below) has offered a bold new strategy in the fight over health care insurance reform: Let Republicans kill it, then bludgeon them to death with it in 2010.
Here’s what Carville said on CNN earlier:
Put a bill out there, make them filibuster it. Make them be what they are — the party of no. Look, we spend — the truth of the matter is, we spend about $8,000 per person in the United States on health care. The second — the country that seconds the second most is Switzerland, they spend $4,000. That means you have got $4,000 per person more that we spend on health care, that is $1.2 trillion, 4,000 times 300 million. And you know what? Run on it. A lot of people — and we’re not producing any kind of results that double that money provides. Let them kill it. Let them kill it with the interest group money, then run against them. That’s what we ought to do.
One wonders if Carville has gone off his meds or is simply overly confident of his vaunted abilities as a left-wing propagandist. Let’s do some quick math: It takes 60 votes to end a filibuster. Democrats control 58 seats, with two independents who are sure to vote with Democrats. The Republicans can’t stop anything whatsoever. This suggestion comes from the party that just accused Republicans of “playing politics” with health care reform.
My suggestion? Let Carville try to put forth such an argument if and when health care reform doesn’t work out as Democrats want. Carville’s illiterate pronouncement should be able to pull us across the finish line based solely on the wholly obvious fact that apparently, Democrats can’t do math.