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Friday, March 19, 2010

Come Mister Tally Man, Tally Me Banana

UPDATE: The Washington Post has moved several Democrats back to the undecided column.  New tally is 206-148.  On the other hand, the New York Times has updated their count to 200-198.  CNN has updated their count to 207-169.

UPDATE: More in-depth analysis and constant updates from FireDogLake.

UPDATE: The Hill also has a great running tally.

Various media outlets are providing vote counts with constant updates.  The Washington Post currently shows a tally of 207-160 in favor of the opposition.  The New York Times shows the opposition with a much smaller margin at 200-197.  Finally, CNN has a list of democrats who have said they will oppose the current legislation, or who are undecided.  By their reckoning, the opposition leads by 206-167.

That said, if we have learned anything from this final and gruesome phase of the health care fiasco, it is that a vote in Congress can be bought for a shockingly low price. Of course, it's a violation of ethics rules if you or I were to bribe a congressman in such a manner, but if the Speaker of the House is the one doing the bribing, it's A-okay!

The only problem is that, if by some chance the bill should pass, the Senate will strip out many of the bribes that were inserted to win over those last few crucial votes--and probably replace them with pork projects of their own.  Members of Congress should consider this before accepting Nancy Pelosi's assurances.

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