I was discouraged to learn earlier today that Rep. Henry Waxman, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, managed to pull in enough of the Blue Dog Democrats to secure committee passage of the worst of the health care bills. Who knows what kind of promises he made, and whether he will be able to keep those promises without alienating his left-wing base.
All is not lost. These two paragraphs from the Politico account give me encouragement:
But changes are sure to roil the party again once the bill moves to the House floor and Democratic leaders marry this measure to ones passed by the Education and Labor and Ways and Means committees.
"This is one step in a long and complex legislative process," said Ohio Rep. Zack Space, a Blue Dog who accepted the chairman's deal.