Mary Landrieu’s deal for an extra $300 million in Medicaid funds for poor Louisiana residents has been hailed by Landrieu as a great victory for the people of Louisiana, and by just about everyone else as a shakedown of Harry Reid and the American people.

But there is another, equally unseemly, angle.

If the poor in Louisiana so badly need this assistance, why aren’t Harry Reid and other Democrats who control Congress giving Louisiana the aid without the string attached of Landrieu’s vote?

Why is Harry Reid using the poor of Louisiana as a bargaining chip? We know why, but let’s spread the blame around to all corners where it is deserved.

When it comes to passing Obama-Pelosi-Reid-care, it seems hard to distinguish between hostage and hostage-taker.

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