In President Obama’s mind it means “I won, get over it.” Another entry in the “bipartisanship doesn’t mean what you think it means” file:
President’s Budget Strategy Under Fire

Senior members of the Obama administration are pressing lawmakers to use a shortcut to drive the president’s signature initiatives on health care and energy through Congress without Republican votes, a move that many lawmakers say would fly in the face of President Obama’s pledge to restore bipartisanship to Washington.

Republicans are howling about the proposal to expand health coverage and tax greenhouse gas emissions without their input, warning that it could irrevocably damage relations with the new president.

Is that their only worry about those debacles?  Hate to break the news to you, guys, but the President doesn’t give a damn about your “relations” with him.  He’s made that clear.

How is this particular political game played?

The shortcut, known as “budget reconciliation,” would allow Obama’s health and energy proposals to be rolled into a bill that cannot be filibustered, meaning Democrats could push it through the Senate with 51 votes, instead of the usual 60. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both used the tactic to win deficit-reduction packages, while George W. Bush used it to push through his signature tax cuts.

Notice that the above examples involved actually helping the economy.  Now it will be used to kill it.  Talk about double-edged swords.

Will he or won’t he?

Administration officials say they have not made a final decision about whether to use the maneuver. But White House budget director Peter R. Orszag said yesterday that it is “premature to be taking it off the table.” Meanwhile, key administration officials, including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, are pushing for reconciliation instructions in the budget proposal that Democrats are scheduled to unveil next week, congressional sources said.

He will.

Look on the bright side.  If this goes through, the resulting disaster will be wholly Democrat-owned.

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