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What Major Nidal Hasan said as he headed out to kill American soldiers: “I’m going to do good work for God.” Would liberals really be in such a quandary about what happened if Hasan were an evangelical Christian?

Yuval Levin explains how Obama did the heavy lifting for Republicans, “creating the conditions for a Republican resurgence”: “President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader Reid have launched the country on a course of massive spending, a dramatic expansion of government, and a slew of new taxes in the midst of a recession. Finding themselves in control of Congress and the White House and so possessed of an unusual opportunity to pursue their ideological agenda, they have sought to make the most of it. But they have misjudged just how far to the left of the country as a whole the Democratic base now resides—and so, rather than strengthen their own brand, they have inadvertently done wonders to build and unify the Republican Party.”

What happens when Democrats have to face voters and explain their vote on PelosiCare (with “jobs-killing mandates on businesses, higher taxes, burgeoning entitlement programs, government intrusion into personal medical decisions, higher health costs, and federal dictates about the kind of health insurance Americans must have to avoid federal penalties”)? Grace-Marie Turner seems to think the voters are going to want answers, not simply “flowery rhetoric.”

Governor-elect Bob McDonnell’s take on winning big in Virginia and advice to fellow Republicans: “A lot of independent voters, though, and Republicans as well, clearly told me they were very concerned about the direction of the country. … Stick to your conservative principles, but focus on the quality of life issues.”

Brit Hume says 18 House Democrats from John McCain–carried districts who voted for PelosiCare are now “vulnerable in the upcoming election.” And if the House bill doesn’t pass the Senate, those Democrats’ votes, like that on cap-and-trade, will have been wasted. Bill Kristol adds that “the Senate will not pass this bill” and that Pelosi will have done a lot of damage to her own members by forcing a vote on these ultra-Left measures.

Who voted no? “The nearly 40 Democrats who voted against the House’s health-care legislation Saturday comprised a mix of party moderates, Southerners and freshman facing tough re-election fights. They also included two Democrats who surprised party leaders by voting against the measure. An analysis of the vote shows that 22 of the 39 Democrats who crossed the aisle to join Republicans in opposing the bill were members of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, including three of the group’s four leaders.” In other words, Democrats whose seats aren’t safe.

Rep. Mike Pence’s take on the skin-of-the-teeth vote for PelosiCare: “If the Democrats keep ignoring the American people, their party is going to be history in less than a year.” We will see how many Red State senators agree.

Sen. Olympia Snowe on the prospects of a final bill: “Now we are facing the prospect of a unified bill that didn’t come out of either committee [and] that, frankly, has been designed in the cloak of secrecy and darkness.” Really, what could go wrong?


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