Monday, October 25, 2010
Hmm, nothing like a deathbed conversion to soothe the soul.
Number one, I don't believe his statement. If he in fact didn't know what was in the bill, at least in outline form, then it was purposeful ignorance; i.e., he was "ostriching".
Number two, even if one takes his statement at face value, it strikes me as unconscionable for anyone, politician or not, to endorse a bill without knowing what it contains, not to mention voting for it. If there was ever an example of the evil that can be accomplished by ramrodding the enactment of a huge, complex piece of legislation without proper debate and consideration, the Obamacare bill is it.
Manchin is, by all reports, a pretty good governor and the people of West Virginia like him in their state house. But I can see from this kind of stupidity why they might be a tad chary of sending him to Washington.