Democratic leaders scrambled Sunday to pull together enough support in the House for a make-or-break decision on healthcare reform later this week, expressing optimism that a package will soon be signed by President Barack Obama despite a lack of firm votes for passage.
The rosy predictions of success, combined with the difficult realities of mustering votes, underscore the gamble that the White House and congressional Democrats are poised to make in an attempt to push Obama's healthcare plans across the finish line. The urgency of the effort illustrates growing agreement among Democratic leaders that passing the legislation is key to limiting damage to the party during this year's perilous midterm elections.
I don't know if Obama has the votes to pass Obamacare.
I do know that he also doesn't know.
The talk of inevitability is simply Obama's attempt to psych out the opposition.