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DonkeySmallHow ironic is it that the individual elected to replace Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate will provide the 41st vote to prevent Congress from completing action on Sen. Kennedy’s dream of comprehensive health care reform? What will the demoralized Democrats do now?

The Democrats could try to have the House pass the Senate’s version of reform as is, giving the bill the bum’s rush through Congress before the newly elected Scott Brown can be sworn in.  They could also try to overturn or skirt the Senate rules requiring 60 votes to move  a bill to a vote without any chance of a filibuster by the minority.

But such desperate measures would likely turn out to be political suicide.

Voters are already disgusted with all the compromises and back-door deals hammered through to get us to this point in the health care debate. If the Democrats foolishly try to strong-arm into law a very unpopular bill, they will likely pay an even higher price at the polls come November by voters already fed up with business-as-usual on Capitol Hill.

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