GOP Votes Are Sought, But Aren't Mandatory

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah complained yesterday, "From the start of the health care debate, Democrats have completely shut us out of the process."

One wonders which process Hatch has been watching. The Senate majority seems to have invested an enormous amount of time and energy trying to reach out to the 40-seat Republican minority. Indeed, had Dems decided early on to blow off the GOP altogether, chances are, we'd be closer to a finished product by now.