House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stormed the talk shows today, beating the drum on health care reform on taped interviews on This Week and State of the Union. "The bill can be bipartisan," she said, without a single GOP vote, because current legislation is closely aligned to what Republicans were proposing last year. The GOP, by the way, has "had a field day misrepresenting what's in the bill," she says. Democrats need to get behind the politically tough bill—and won't suffer come November: "I'm not yielding one grain of sand, we're fighting for every seat." Elsewhere on Politico's coverage of the Sunday dial:
- Mitch McConnell predicts Dems will use reconciliation to jam health reform "down the throats of a public that doesn't want it. This is the Democratic majority, in frankly a kind of arrogant way, saying we're going to give this to you whether you want it or not."
- Fair's fair, says Democrat Robert Menendez: "Republicans used (reconciliation) to pass the Bush tax cuts."
- Reconciliation isn't even an option, says Dem Kent Conrad. The Senate Budget chair added that the procedure was only for "side car" measures.
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