Very Sure


Immersed in their usual game of best foot forward, Democrats claims of success on the health reform bill vote scheduled for Sunday don’t ring true.

“We’ll have the votes when the roll is called,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters Friday.

When the roll is called – meaning you don’t have them now?

The Democrats top vote-counter, Rep. James Clyburn, concurred. “I feel very sure that we’ll vote on this some time Sunday, and the bill will pass,” Clyburn said.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave her strongest comments of the week on Friday, saying “I’m very excited about the momentum building around this bill. We’re one day closer to passing this legislation.”

If Democrats have the votes, why are they dragging all of their members to meet with the president this weekend? If they have the votes, then why aren’t they putting up streamers?

Rather than have President Obama head to Capitol Hill on Saturday, as requested by some House leaders, the House Democratic Caucus is coming to the White House for a meeting at 4 p.m. Saturday, a senior administration official tells POLITICO.

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