Poor Dick Durbin. The democratic whip presides over the party’s largest majority in the Senate since the Carter administration. Yet on contentious issues, like health care, he has to threaten, flatter, and cajole to get the support he needs. Durbin’s good friend President Obama wanted a Senate vote on health reform by next month, but Democrats decided last week to put it off. Score one for the wayward Dems and zero for Durbin. His next task is to get the bill passed by Obama’s October target date. NEWSWEEK looks at the senators mostly likely to be Durbin’s migraine on health care—and a few GOPers who may offer an aspirin.
The article goes on to pointlessly profile a few Democratic senators who are giving Durbin trouble, and a few Republicans who may offer him help. And, all the while, the mainstream media completely ignores the real issues at stake with nationalization of healthcare. I guess it’s more important that it’s an entertaining fight between the two parties than that it actually pertains to anything important.Published in