Critical Condition

Whip Count

From The Hill:

Undecided (78)

Jason Altmire (Pa.) * (N) Many view Altmire as key to passage. He said on Fox News he has “open mind.” Voted no in committee and on floor but bottom line is that his yes vote is gettable

Joe Baca (Calif.) * (Y) Must have for leadership

Brian Baird (Wash.) Retiring member who bucked party on Iraq war surge

Melissa Bean (Ill.) (Y) Conservative Democrat well positioned for midterm election

Marion Berry (Ark.) * (Y) Has been critical of the president since announcing his retirement

Sanford Bishop (Ga.) * (Y) Favors Stupak provision

Tim Bishop (N.Y.) (Y) Must have vote for leadership

John Boccieri (Ohio) * (N) GOP target

Rick Boucher (Va.) (N) GOP target

Allen Boyd (Fla.) (N) Facing primary challenge

Dennis Cardoza (Calif.) * (Y) Secured language for district before last year’s vote

Chris Carney (Pa.) * (Y) A no vote here would be a setback for leadership

More here.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

Most Popular


White Cats and Black Swans

Making a film of Cats is a bold endeavor — it is a musical with no real plot, based on T. S. Eliot’s idea of child-appropriate poems, and old Tom was a strange cat indeed. Casting Idris Elba as the criminal cat Macavity seems almost inevitable — he has always made a great gangster — but I think there was ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Other Case against Reparations

Reparations are an ethical disaster. Proceeding from a doctrine of collective guilt, they are the penalty for slavery and Jim Crow, sins of which few living Americans stand accused. An offense against common sense as well as morality, reparations would take from Bubba and give to Barack, never mind if the former ... Read More
Politics & Policy

May I See Your ID?

Identity is big these days, and probably all days: racial identity, ethnic identity, political identity, etc. Tribalism. It seems to be baked into the human cake. Only the consciously, persistently religious, or spiritual, transcend it, I suppose. (“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The White Ghetto

Editor's Note: In celebration of Kevin D. Williamson’s newest book, The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics, National Review is republishing some of our favorites of his from the past ten years. This article originally appeared in the December 16, 2013, issue of National ... Read More
Health Care

The Puzzling Problem of Vaping

San Francisco -- A 29-story office building at 123 Mission Street illustrates the policy puzzles that fester because of these facts: For centuries, tobacco has been a widely used, legal consumer good that does serious and often lethal harm when used as it is intended to be used. And its harmfulness has been a ... Read More