Pong the Pig: Alert reader T, who makes his living in politics, offers a not-uninformed analysis of Congressional thinking on health care:
The arc of Obama's administration so far: They took on all the big issues that will affect people ... in 10-25 years! Issues affecting people today, not so much. For Obama and for House and Senate Members up in November, this and climate change became a big pig in the middle of the road to accomplishments, and now they are going to get this pig out of the road no matter what it takes, so they can go on to handle economic issues that will rally the base again.
I think this bodes well for Obama's reform, since the easiest way to get it out of the road at this point is to pass it--and the fastest, surest way to pass it is with the "pong" gambit . ... Update: Brian Faughnan suggests that a parliamentary move by Minority Leader McConnell may make the "pong" route easier for Dems to take. ... 11:26 A.M.