The Perils of Reconciliation

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  1. Avatar greginak says:

    Using reconciliation sets up years of conservative freak-outs about a lack of democracy and O forcing his will upon the people, blah, blah blah. On the other hand, conservatives will freak out about O thrusting his evil will upon the country no matter happens. But it is still better to do things in an upright way. There are enough Dem’s to pass it w/o using reconciliation and that is where the focus should be.Report

  2. Avatar matoko_chan says:

    But were there enough dems to pass it before the republican cheat moves?
    See, Obama is playing tit-for-tat. Tit-for-tat is the optimal game theoretic strategy for the iterated Prisoners Dilemma.
    If both sides play fair, then both sides winnings are maximized.
    That would have been, bipartisan legislation and compromise on healthcare reform.
    But if one side cheats, like the repubs with astroturfing, disinformation, scaremongering then the other side can reciprocate cheat moves.
    btw, tit-for-tat is unbeatable.
    so…reconciliation is a cheat move, perhaps….but that just means Obama is going to win.
    /wicked grin

    Admittedly ANY healthcare reform is going to damage the GOP.….so I guess they feel commanded to preserve the two party system by screwing their base over again.
    They are fighting for their political lives, so they feel they have to play dirty.Report