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Krauthammer’s Take

On Nancy Pelosi’s declaration that she will push on with Obamacare no matter what happens in Massachusetts:

It sounds like she is on a suicide mission here. . . . 

The only way this will pass (if the Democrats lose the seat in Massachusetts) is if the House adopts the Senate bill exactly as is — no changes.

People have spoken about a tricky process called reconciliation. That is not going to work in the Senate.

And the idea of delaying the swearing-in of Brown, if he wins, for a week or two is so illegitimate that it would cause an insurrection in the country. So the only way is the House swallowing it [the Senate bill].

On the bank tax:

Ironically, the Democrats have discovered an issue here that works. It is not health care. When Obama came up [to campaign in Massachusetts] he didn’t say a word about [health care], nothing about energy. He knows that his big agenda is a loser politically.

But what he did raise was the bank tax. It is almost as if the White House invented it — launched it over the weekend — as a “Coakley tax” because it gave [Democrats] an argument.

Remember, the Republicans — and also, in this case, this Republican [Scott Brown] — oppose all tax hikes, so [Brown] had to be against the bank tax. And the bank tax is a way for Democrats to tap into the populism that up until now Republicans and conservatives had a monopoly on.

So watch for the bank tax to be high and emphasized in the State of Union and emphasized all the way up to Election Day in November.

On predicting the outcome:

Oh, god. I will go with my heart — Scott Brown.

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