Does she have the votes? Or doesn't she? The arbiters of conventional wisdom can't seem to make their minds. But the AP has surveyed the 39 Democrats who voted no on the House health care bill, and at least ten of them are on the record as saying they're open to changing their minds. That means, of course, that they're getting telephone calls from President Obama.
We keep anointing the next big event Obama holds as the most important of his term, but whatever he says on Wednesday could well be the difference between health care passing and failing. That's one reason why he is going to spend quite a bit of time discussing the deficit, debt, and the Republican ideas he heard at the summit. This provides needed cover members of the House.
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