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Michelle Malkin Challenges “Dingy Harry” on Hannity

October 30, 2009

This is basically the Democrats' method for achieving socialized medicine.

Several years ago, Rush Limbaugh gave Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the nickname “Dingy Harry,” suggesting a less-intimidating version of Clint Eastwood’s legendary big-screen hero.  As Michelle Malkin demonstrated on “Hannity” last night, Reid is still living up to it.

Reid has been having difficulties selling national healthcare to the American people, and the Democrats are threatening to force a bill with a public option through the Senate via reconciliation (a process which overrides filibuster attempts and limits the amount of time a bill can be debated and how many amendments may be proposed during that time.)

During the segment, Malkin called attention to a Democrat attempt to bribe doctors into supporting ObamaCare:

Senate is preparing debate on a bill called “Doc Fix,” which would freeze cuts in Medicare payments to doctors for the next 10 years as a means to ease passage of Obamacare later this Fall. The version of “Doc Fix” was originally part of the Obamacare plan and the secret negotiators wanted to take $247 billion off the books of President Obama’s heath care legislation. The left would like to pass this bill, with or without offsets, so they can buy support for a public plan from a group, and a lobbying interest, that has opposed a government takeover of health care and the creation of a public plan.

The scheme failed, but the fiasco is yet another shining example of how Barack Obama hasn’t even tried to make good on his campaign promise to usher in a new era of trustworthy government, which has been so egregious that even liberals have noticed.

Allahpundit doesn’t think Reid will risk reconciliation, and he may be right—in addition to the reasons he gives about Reid’s political savvy and opposition from fellow Democrats, the next day Reid tried to have it both ways:

“We’re not even discussing [it],” Reid told reporters Thursday. “We believe health care should be bipartisan. We believe we have the opportunity to do that.” […] But when asked whether the option was on the table, as Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said earlier this week, Reid quipped: “I’ve never known Schumer to say anything wrong.”

Will Dingy Harry chance it?  I guess he’ll have to take his namesake’s advice and ask himself, “Do I feel lucky, punk?”


Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also blogs at the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

  1. MaryAnn permalink
    October 30, 2009 8:21 am

    I get Imprimis from Hillsdale College. It’s a wonderful publication. Sept. issue featured Walter Williams talking about the “Future Prospects for Economic Liberty”. Thanks Hillsdale!

  2. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 31, 2009 6:30 am

    Dingy Harry shouldn’t feel lucky. I believe his luck already ran out on him a long time ago when he trys to hurt the american people-thus, the nut is condemned already eternally.

    I pray that his political goals will all crash and burn.

  3. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 31, 2009 6:31 am

    Clint Eastwood as least played the good guy most of the time and won. Dingy and dinky Harry is the bad guy that will lose.

  4. From the pen of David horowitz oct 31st permalink
    October 31, 2009 8:12 am

    READ your Constitution people..the gov has NO RIGHT to do anything it is doing..they have bullyed the states. there is rotten people on both side and are one big bird..It is time to stop the communism being put into our country..forget the party, go for a good man or women that is honest..shredding the Constitution and signing America to the UN and EU is going to make us a third world country. Michelle has it straight !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..quit believing the lies, like long ago the blacks and the Mexican are being used an they too will end up with nothing..As we loose jobs and homes, who do these people who believe the lies think will pay their medical once we are all poor?? wake up and get back to common sense..all people want to be free..and we don’t need a nanny from the hippie days to tell us what to think, wear, do, learn or what news to watch..why else would they hate fox..or laugh at the they say people don’t even need to hear the words communism..socialism works..Every step that Hitler took is back in play and you are falling for it again. even Europeans are warning us..what will it take to make you see the truth. our bailout was signed by trators..find out who signed and anyone who is part of the councel of foreign realations is too. after the 0/11 and others. IF they worried would not the borders be closed?? wake up for G-d’s sake..

  5. October 31, 2009 11:44 am

    Mr. Horowitz has it exactly right. This isn’t a democrat problem, or a republican problem, or any other party’s problem. It is an American problem!!!!!`Most think “This doesn’t involve me, I don’t even vote,” It does involve EVERYONE, and you had better wake up and vote, because the vote is the greatest weapon that we have against the Tyranny that is brought to the point of being crammed down our throats. Either take a stand or shut your griping . If the vote doesn’t work, then you will thank God for the second amendment. I truly pray that our country doesn’t ever get to that point because it would be a second Civil War and America would be no more. Prat and Vots!!!

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