Carville can’t count

I don’t know because I don’t watch the show, but did anyone at CNN question Carville’s crazy cajun calumny?

Here’s Carville on CNN’s State of the Union today:

Put a bill out there, make them filibuster it. Make them be what they are — the party of no. Look, we spend — the truth of the matter is, we spend about $8,000 per person in the United States on health care. The second — the country that seconds the second most is Switzerland, they spend $4,000. That means you have got $4,000 per person more that we spend on health care, that is $1.2 trillion, 4,000 times 300 million. And you know what? Run on it. A lot of people — and we’re not producing any kind of results that double that money provides. Let them kill it. Let them kill it with the interest group money, then run against them. That’s what we ought to do.

Let’s just suppose for a brief moment that every Republican representative in the House and Senate holds their courage and votes against whatever monstrosity of a bill gets put forth as “health care reform.” Let’s just suppose that all 40 Republican Senators hold together on the cloture vote. Admittedly, both of these things are highly unlikely, but just suppose it with me for a moment.

Even if they did so, Republicans can’t stop it. They can’t even slow it down. Not even a little bit. They can’t amend it or impede it.

In order for this monstrosity to be stopped, or impeded or amended or otherwise messed with in any form or fashion Democrats have to do it.

it is simple math. Democrats have 256 out of 435 votes in the house (Carville, that is way more than the 50% needed to pass anything there). and with the addition of Senator Stuart Smalley from Minnesota, Democrats have a filibuster proof 60 out of a 100 votes in the Senate.

It is false, erroneous, misleading, crazy, insane, nuts, etc. for Carville to claim that Republicans have the ability to stop “Health Care Reform.” they can’t.

Either Carville can’t count or he is preemptively trying to cast blame in the Republican direction for what will be a a solely Democratic failure.

I think the blame shifting attempt is so transparent that it should backfire on him and his autocratic compadres.

But that would mean that the “journalists” at CNN would have to have the wherewithal to say some slightly modified version of: “uhhh, James. How is that possible? Shouldn’t you concentrate on holding your own party together and ramming through whatever you want? After all you guys have the votes to pass whatever liberal fantasy you can concoct, don’t you?”

Like another curmudgeon said in a movie I liked, “Go sell crazy somewhere else, we’re all stocked up here.”

Hat tip to Allahpundit

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