SCHIP – It’s not about the Children, It’s about Scoring Political Points

Todd Beeton over at MyDD has summed up Tsongas’ use of SCHIP as a wedge issue.  And as I suspected it’s not about the children, it’s about beating Republicans.

While it will be tempting to see the results of this race as a referendum on the Democratic majority’s (in-)effectiveness, it’s beginning to look like the race’s importance may lie in the extent to which it serves as a test case for how to use SCHIP votes against Republicans next year. If Tsongas can’t translate Ogonowski’s position on Bush’s veto into a double digit win now, SCHIP may not turn out to be as much of a gift as we’d thought.

Exactly.

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