Skip to comments.Awesome: GOP congressman to delay resignation so he can vote no on ObamaCare- Nathan Deal of Georgia
Posted on 03/04/2010 1:27:51 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Yesterday they needed 216 to pass it, now they need 217. Like Ace says: Nomentum.
U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal will delay his resignation from Congress by three weeks, citing intense pressure from House Republican leaders to remain and vote against President Barack Obamas plan to overhaul the nations health care system
News of Deals decision was inadvertently broken by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, who congratulated Deal on his decision.
On Monday, before 100 supporters at the Gainesville Civic Center, Deal said he would leave Congress, effective March 8, in order to devote all his time to his campaign for governor.
Obama could in theory push the vote back into April or May to wait Deal out and force him to resign before the bill comes to the floor, but after Gibbs set a deadline of March 18 for passage this morning, hell look like an even weaker chump than usual if he does that.
A quick Democratic head count: Shelley Berkley, who voted yes in November, is a likely no this time. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and Frank Kratovil who was named in that dopey AP piece a few days ago as a possible flip to yes voted no last time and say theyre voting that way again. The only way to flip all three? The Senate has to pass Obamas fix to Reids Senate bill before the House votes on anything. If they do it the other way, with the House passing Reids bill first, theres a chance that reconciliation could collapse in the Senate, leaving the House stuck with the Reid bill they pretty much all hate (albeit for different reasons).
Geraghtys been doing yeomans work trying to figure out precisely what has to happen for Pelosi to get to 217. According to his latest calculation, every last pro-life Democrat whos threatening to vote no with Stupak this time would have to flip to yes; if even one of them votes no which seems exceedingly likely its all over. And that assumes that House progressives will fall in line and stick with their yes votes from November. By no means is that a sure thing; remember, Raul Grijalva says hes pretty certain that several liberals are ready to walk away this time. In fact, Roll Call claims they were pestering The One at last nights White House health-care huddle about possibly reviving, er, the public option. Good luck with that, champ. The long and short of it is, unless Ive missed a story somewhere, not a single Democrat who voted no before has committed to flipping to yes this time. The momentum is entirely the other way.
I called his office mad as heck yesterday and told them ethics violation or not he would not get my vote for governor if he left before this vote was taken.
Thanks....this was exactly what I questioned yesterday.
Glad to see he’s going to hang in there till the vote.
Very good news!
I’m so glad you called. Thank you, on behalf of all the good peple of America! FR Eagles Up!
I would think a no vote on the obamacare monstrosity would be a big boost in his campaign for governor. Whereas resigning would improve the chances for obamacare and be a real thorn in the side for his campaign.
Hang in there, NATHAN !!!
When will Obama try to pass Obamacare by executive order? I predict the first week in May. Government comes apart subsequently. Get those generators installed.
3:17 pm March 4, 2010, by
U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal will delay his resignation from Congress by three weeks, citing intense pressure from House Republican leaders to remain and vote against President Barack Obamas plan to overhaul the nations health care system.
From the press release issued by the north Georgia congressman:
Just two days after I announced my intentions to leave Congress, the majority party stepped up the schedule for the proposed health care bill. Having been deeply involved in all health care legislation for the past decade, I knew it was important to stay and vote down this bill .
Yesterday, as I listened to President Obamas aggressive push for a quick vote on Obama-Care, it was clear that I must stay in Congress and continue to fight against the most liberal health care agenda ever proposed.
A spokesman for Deal said the congressman was urged by House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) as well as Gov. Sonny Perdue to remain for the health care vote.
The Deal campaign released a statement from Boehner, which reads in part:
Kratovil is going to lose in Maryland’s 1st. Voting for the bill will only make the loss that much bigger. Hopefully he will (foolishly) think he has a chance and will therefore vote no to reflect his constituents.
Something to ponder..as they get closer to the vote, EVERYONE will start to declare themselves..and if it’s one vote short, by a hard count..then a lot of Dems..the Blue Dogs especially, will say WHY shoudl I vote for it in a losing cause, and piss off the people back home..when the bill loses..it’s lose by 40-50 votes..if not more
Honestly, Deal is going to have to stay in office indefinitely. If he delays his resignation a few weeks, Pelosi can just schedule another vote after that.
Awesome news! He will have to be like a bulldog...never letting go till it’s time to! We need men of courage like this in both houses of congress!
Hope you’re right.
As long as the vote isn’t brought to the floor they don’t have the votes to pass it.
Obama can never be trusted, even with that scenario, which would require Obama to sign both bills at the same time. I would not put it past him to veto the reconciliation bill and sign the Senate bill.
Never give a timetable for withdrawal.
He should stay until the mission is accomplished and the USA achieves victory!
By his claws .....
Knowing this, they’ll be playing
their damn games.