Healthcare Reform Passes

Our long national nightmare is over, as the United States Congress has finally voted to join the advanced world. There’s plenty to say about this vote, but there’s two people I want to thank in particular. First and foremost, Nancy Pelosi, who arguably saved the entire effort at multiple points over the past year. It really isn’t a coincidence that the first female Speaker of the House will almost certainly go down as its greatest progressive leader, but it is worth repeating over and over. Secondly, but certainly not least, let us raise a toast tonight to George W. Bush. Say what you will about the guy, but it’s hard to imagine Democrats winning the sort of majorities/momentum this sort of vote required without his unique awfulness. Heckuva job Dubya.