HATCH THREATENS ‘WAR’…. Oh, for crying out loud.

GOP Senator Orrin Hatch is now warning that if Dems pass health care reform via reconciliation it will lead to permanent “war” between the two parties — even though he voted for more than a half dozen GOP bills passed through the process known as … reconciliation.

Specifically, Hatch, who’s been around long enough to know better, said using the reconciliation process to make modifications to a health care bill would be “one of the worst grabs for power in the history of the country,” and would create “outright war.”

Greg Sargent ran a list of eight major pieces of legislation from the last decade that Hatch personally voted for, all of which were passed through reconciliation, and none of which prompted “outright war” between parties or lawmakers.

Maybe someone should encourage Hatch to read this report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, on the use of reconciliation by Republicans. I spoke to a top House aide this morning who told me Speaker Pelosi literally read from the CBPP document during the last caucus meeting.

Hatch’s threats are a rather pathetic joke. If he’s still capable of shame, now would be a good time for some.

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