“Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun,” so said Noel Coward.*

So must it seem to Barack Obama and the leading Democrats who are trying to force through a vote on health care “reform” without anyone having a fair opportunity to read the bill, much less debate the provisions that will change our lives for generations. But instead of mad dogs, it is Blue Dogs, those rascally centrist Democrats who are insisting that any final floor vote in the House be delayed until September so that they can consult with their constituents.

What madness it must seem to Rahm Emanuel, Nancy Pelosi, Henry Waxman, and the others pushing hard for a vote this week, for Democrats to go out into the light of public opinion. Sheer lunacy to allow people to understand the legislation, to debate it, and to lobby their representatives during the political heat of August.

Those Blue Dogs are mad, I tell you, utterly mad.


*I know, those who rely on memory not history probably think the line was written by Joe Cocker. [A similar but not identical phrase is attributed to Kipling, from Kim: “we walk as though we were mad – or English.”]

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