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Krauthammer’s Take

From last night’s Fox News All-Stars.

On the possibility of further pay-offs to ensure the support of all Democratic senators for Obamacare:

The eminent junior senator from Illinois [Roland Burris] — If Landrieu got $300 million, he gets an island in the Caribbean, several islands.

There’s no way he is going to stop this bill. They will send Tony Rezko to knock on his door and tell him he hopes nothing happens to any of his close relatives.

Look, I think they [the Democrats] are over the hump. I think the hump was Lieberman. The hump was the question of the public option. It’s now gone.

On abortion, it’s not beyond the wit of man to work out a compromise there. [Ben] Nelson, for example, he could vote with the Democrats to shut off debate, and then he could oppose the bill itself when you only need 51. They [the Democrats] wouldn’t need him. Or, they swallow Stupak in both Houses and they get it.

This thing is too big. The Democrats are within reach of controlling — of having the federal government control a sixth of the economy. You watch Mitch McConnell in the clip we just showed. He sounded like a guy with a losing hand. Remember, he’s the man who said a few months ago that Congress will pass something because Obama will sign anything.

And what they get is going to be control of the insurance industry. They are going to have a mandate so individuals have to purchase insurance. They’re going to turn the insurance companies into a utility like the electric company.

It will be proxy control of health care, and that is an amazing achievement if you’re a believer in government control of health care.

On the front-loaded taxation of Obamacare:

I think it hurts Democrats either way. I think if it passes, it will be a catastrophe politically. Democrats will have to answer for a lot of additional taxation. If the Medicare cuts happen, they have to answer for a lot of cuts in services, a lot of doctors and hospitals that will go under or quit as a result of this new plan. … It will take a decade to undo the damage in this bill.

On President Obama’s decision to move Guantanamo detainees to a prison in Illinois:

Well, finally, a real jobs program. … And like a lot of the jobs being (so-called) created by the administration, these are redundant and entirely unnecessary. Guantanamo is a perfectly good place to house terrorists. It’s humane. The reason it’s being shut is because the international left has created, through lies and calumnies, an image of Guantanamo. Remember the false story about the flushing of the Koran at Guantanamo? And Obama is reacting to placate the international left.

Now, it is not as egregious as, for example, the trying of Khalid Sheik Mohammed in New York, which is logically and morally a disgrace, undermining the … ethical foundation of the war on terror. But it is a redundancy and it doesn’t solve the problem.

The problem is that there are some terrorists that we will detain without trial, no matter what happens. And it’s not the location that is the issue. It’s either going to be in Guantanamo or Illinois or somewhere. The issue remains.

The Left, the ACLU, will be after this, and there will be a federal judge there to say these people [the terrorist detainees] have rights beyond the rights that they have right now.

And even though the Department of Homeland Security is assuring us that these terrorists are not acquiring residency, they are like immigrants outside of America, there is no assurance that the judge is going to uphold that and that ultimately some of these miscreants are not going to be released into American streets.

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