Reconciliation: The GOP was FOR it before they were AGAINST it
In addition to repeatedly calling it the "nuclear option" (which really refers to getting rid of the fillibuster BTW) and dramatically showing shock and awe that any Congress might use this "extreme" process, the truth is the Republicans were for reconciliation before they were against it. And Republicans have used it much more than Democrats. Glad to see Axelrod and others calling them out on this. If they pass the Senate bill and use reconciliation for the package of changes/additions, that is actually a very appropriate way to use this option and, according to experts, would easily be determined as proper to vote on.
White House senior adviser David Axelrod called out Republicans who complain about the possibility of using reconciliation for health care reform, saying on CNN last night that the GOP has done the same thing.
"Every single Republican Senator in that room I believe has cast votes for reconciliation, including for the largest tax cut in history that dwarfed this legislation," Axelrod said, an exchange which comes about 4 minutes in to the video below.
Axelrod also offered a key tell about the White House's willingness to move forward with health care legislation using reconciliation.
"The American people ... all they want is an up or down vote. They want to move on, have the vote, let's finish the debate. The American people say let the vote be held, let the majority rule and let's move on," Axelrod said.
"Let's move forward," he repeated several times.
Check out Senator Gregg passionately defending the use of reconciliation before he was against it. The hypocrisy is stunning! Do they think nobody will notice such an obvious flip-flop?