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Bipartisan Obamacare Repeal Got More Votes Than the Original Bill

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RUSH: The Democrats and the media, they still want to talk about the health care repeal vote in the House as nothing more than political theater. Hell, it was bipartisan, there were three Democrats that voted. Repeal of health care in the House got more votes than Obamacare got in the House. Did you know that? To kick it away got more votes than the original bill got in support. Yesterday's vote was not political theater, folks, it was the laying of a minefield. You wonder why Dingy Harry doesn't want that vote over there in the Senate? Dingy Harry is saying (paraphrasing) "I'm not gonna allow the vote to happen over here." McConnell says there will be a vote. Dingy Harry said there's not gonna be a vote. He knows he might lose it. There's a bunch of Democrats in the Senate up for reelection in 2012, and he doesn't want to have to force those guys on the record. He is afraid of all the Democrats in the Senate who would vote to repeal this thing. This is by no means anything other than an expression of and a sticking to of principle. No political theater intended here. Isn't it interesting how the momentum can shift in just one political day? Prior to the vote yesterday, people on our side, "It's over, we lost the momentum, ah, this stuff in Tucson," now everybody's back up, and revved up, ready to go.

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RUSH: Now, in the spirit of the new tone and in the spirit of civility, shouldn't Harry Reid be only too happy to let the Democrats in the Senate vote on this? Don't all the polls show that the American people want the Democrats and Republicans to work together? We have that poll (laughing), so-called poll. USA Today, earlier this week, everybody wants the Republicans and Democrats to work together. A vast majority of the American people want Obamacare repealed and yet Dingy Harry will not allow a vote in the House. And therefore Dingy Harry is standing in the way of Republicans and Democrats working together. Shouldn't the media, ladies and gentlemen, demand the Senate show this bipartisan bill the respect it deserves? It got three Democrat votes, the repeal vote did. I mean it's the essence of bipartisanship. But as I said, he doesn't want to bring the House bill to a vote because he doesn't want to make the senators go on the record against repeal. He could read the tea leaves. He doesn't want people to go on the record against repeal in the Senate. He knows that will hurt Democrats. It will be used against 'em in the 2012 campaign.

But ask yourself this: What would the Senate do if they were facing another election next month? You know they would vote to repeal Obamacare to save their jobs, or they would at least think very seriously about it. Obama might even vote to kill the bill to save his job and then come back like Clinton did with welfare reform. Go ahead and let it happen and come back and promise everybody to go back later and fix it. 'Cause we know at the end of the day they are going to govern against the will of the American people.

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RUSH: Another thing about Dingy Harry: Dingy Harry is scared to death to allow this vote on the repeal of Obamacare in the Senate. 'Cause if they do vote against it, there will be a record to defeat their rear ends in the next election. So he can't win. This ought to show you the real strength of the whole repeal movement. The vast majority of people don't want it. Dingy Harry doesn't want a vote in a Senate. He's worried about two things: Losing some Democrats who would vote for the repeal, and the Democrats who are opposed to repeal going on the record, because that would make themselves targets in their reelection bids in 2012: Voted against repeal of Obamacare. So he's opposed to bipartisanship. He doesn't want the Republicans and Democrats "working together." He is opposed to "civility." He's out there calling Hu Jintao a "dictator." Do not think for a moment that there is anywhere near a majority sentiment in love with Obamacare. There isn't. The vast majority of people even, in the House and the Senate, know in their hearts it's rotten and ought to be done away with.

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RUSH: I can't tell you enough: Obamacare just got a shellacking, folks. The vote in the House was 245 to 189. That's a larger margin than the vote for Obamacare got. Dingy Harry will not allow a vote in the Senate (though Mitch McConnell says there will be one) because he looks at it as a no-win. If he loses some Democrats voting for repeal, that's not good; and other Democrats going on record opposing appeal is not good for their own reelection efforts.

By the way, I have a question about respect and protocol and so forth. Last night's state dinner was black tie. (For those of you in Rio Linda, that means tuxedo.) I saw a picture of the ChiCom leader, Hu Jintao. He was not wearing a tuxedo. He was wearing a dark suit, a white shirt, and a blue tie. Now, he's a stickler for protocol. He's been telling us this all week. Is that offensive? Should we be offended that the man in whose honor the dinner was last night did not dress according to the requirements? Maybe the ChiComs don't have tuxedos in their wardrobes? Is it not part of what they wear? I don't know. I'm just asking the question.

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