Monday, March 22, 2010

Republicans Give Up Their Only Negotiation Chip

Democrats shouldn't expect much cooperation from Republicans the rest of this year, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned Monday.

McCain and another Republican senator decried the effect health reform legislation has had on the Senate, a day after the House passed the upper chamber's bill.

GOP senators emerged Monday to caution that the health debate had taken a toll on the institution, warning of little work between parties the rest of this year.

"There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year," McCain said during an interview Monday on an Arizona radio affiliate. "They have poisoned the well in what they've done and how they've done it."
"Give us this amendment."

"What if we don't?"

"We won't vote for the your bills."

"You said that in March. What else?"

"We'll say bad things about you on the news."

"And if we give you the amendment?"

"It's an election year... we GOTTA say bad things about you."

"Okay thanks for the heads up."

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