The amendment was a compromise from Pelosi to conservative Democrats who were bucking passing a health care bill that would use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. To gain forward momentum, Pelosi allowed the amendment to come the floor of the House for a vote. Pelosi and her team opposed the amendment, but understood that without a vote on this amendment, the Democratic health care bill might fail to pass the House.
The amendment passed, by 240 to 194. Rep. John Shadegg, R–Ariz., voted present, the remaining 176 Republicans voted for the amendment, as did 64 Democrats.
Now, that's bipartisanship.
Pelosi continued during the celebratory news conference, "We are proud to take responsibility and credit for this great victory because it was obviously largely with Democratic votes."
That's good news. While Pelosi's district is a Democratic stronghold, many of the Democratic House members who voted for the Democratic health care bill are in districts that mirror more closely the national sentiment.
This will create an exciting 2010 election for many of the Democratic House members who voted for the bill.
"Republicans have moved ahead of Democrats by 48 percent to 44 percent among registered voters," noted a Gallup Poll released Tuesday. This year, "independents' preference for the Republican candidate in their districts has grown, from a 1-point advantage in July to the current 22-point gap."
Next fall, plan on seeing clips of Pelosi's congratulatory news conference during which the Democratic side takes responsibility and credit for the passage of a health care bill that provides for large government intervention and control in an enormous sector of our economy. It will be replayed and replayed in many districts where there are close elections.
Like Cao's district in Louisiana, the constituents in all districts determine whom they will send to Washington to represent them in Congress.
Oh what a night Nov. 2, 2010, could become.