"Why are we here? We're not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress," [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] said on ABC's "This Week." "We're here to do the job for the American people; to get them results that give them not only health security but economic security, because the health issue is an economic issue for America's families."
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA.) countered on "Meet the Press" that if Democrats push the bill through on party lines, they will "lose their majority in Congress in November" [Anne E. Kornblut, "Democrats Will Have Votes for Health Bill, Obama Aide Says," Washington Post, 2010.03.01]
Pelosi says we should focus on solving problems. Cantor says we should worry about keeping our seats.
I wonder: even if Cantor's thesis is correct, even if we would lose the majority for passing health care by reconciliation, maybe it's worth it. Pass reform, get the solution rolling, and to heck with what happens in November.
The world might be a better place if we all legislated as if there were no electoral tomorrow. Keeping power is much less important than using power. What say you, Dems?