Pelosi cracks whip for healthcare votes
“I never stop whipping,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday.
She was, of course, talking about the virtually non-stop quest for healthcare votes. (Sorry were you thinking something else?)
“There’s no beginning, there’s no middle and there’s no end. My life is a constant whip operation,” she said to laughter at yet another event to promote healthcare reform on Capitol Hill.
People not familiar with the process for getting votes on Capitol Hill often think of arm-twisting, when in formality it is a whip operation with someone who actually gets the title “Whip.”
House Democratic Whip James Clyburn, the chief vote counter for the majority in that chamber, told Fox News on Tuesday that Democrats still don’t have the 216 votes needed for passage, but he was confident of getting there.
Democratic leaders are doing everything they can to whip their members into shape so they will vote for healthcare reform.
It was unclear how many lashes have been dealt so far to those most reluctant… (OUCH!)
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Photo credit: Reuters/Jose Luis Magaua (Pelosi speaks about healthcare reform)