The New York Times reports on a very intelligent move by Tom Coburn (R – OK) attempting to counteract at least a portion of the wholesale exchange of favors for House votes for Obamacare. Nancy Pelosi’s preposterous attempt to strike a pose of moral superiority is good for a derisive laugh.
Raising the bar on Republican opposition maneuvers in the Senate, Mr. Coburn on Thursday threatened to put future holds on any Democratic House members who switch their vote in favor of the health care bill, lose their election as a result next November, and then are rewarded with a high-ranking job in the Obama administration.
â€œIf you voted no and you vote yes and you lose your election and you think any nomination to a federal position isnâ€™t going to be held in the Senate, Iâ€™ve got news for you, itâ€™s going to be held,â€ said Mr. Coburn, a physician known somewhat affectionately around the Senate as Dr. No.
Mr. Coburn, appearing at a news conference with 10 fellow Republican lawmakers who are also doctors, promised to scour upcoming spending bills for any special projects that may be given to lawmakers who reluctantly back the health care bill.
â€œIf you think you can cut a deal now and it not come out until after the election, I want to tell you that isnâ€™t going to happen and be prepared to defend selling your vote in the House,â€ Mr. Coburn warned those making up their minds across the rotunda. …
â€œThere is no limit to what the other side will do to protect the insurance companies,â€ Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.