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The gender card is the first and last refuge of House Scoundrel Nancy Pelosi.
She’s played it since Day One of her reign of error. She wielded it last week when she surrounded herself with kiddie human shields. And it appears she may be plotting it to use it in the Demcare end game.
Via Roll Call tonight:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is asking all female Democratic Members to attend a hastily called meeting Wednesday morning but isn’t saying what the meeting is about.
Pelosi’s office sent an e-mail out Tuesday evening requesting that all female Democrats come to the Members-only meeting at 10 a.m.
An aide to one Democratic Member said Pelosi’s office said the topic of the meeting was “to be determined.”
Female House Democrats have spent the last few days playing up alleged “gender discrimination” by insurers. They’ve come prepared with dubious or irrelevant sob story anecdotes. And as I noted back in November, Democrat women have organized on the House floor before — in that case, they exploited the House resolution process to play the gender card on Demcare and eat into general debate time through unanimous consent requests.
Memo to GOP leaders and Republican women in the House: Be prepared.
Joseph Bottum at First Things adds:
At a guess, it may be the meeting where she admits that she doesn’t have the votes for the bill without an abortion ban to lure in Bart Stupak’s coalition.
At least I hope that’s what the meeting is about. There’s something weird and off-putting about inviting only women, however—since I doubt Pelosi plans to reenact the scene where Lysistrata explains her political strategy to Cleonice.
Update 3/17 11:06am Eastern – Buzz on the Hill is that Pelosi has CBO numbers in hand and wants a vote Saturday. There’s conflicting buzz on whether the phantom House bill will be released today. Rumors on both left and right that CBO will release score at around 5pm Eastern tonight.
Jon Ward at The Daily Caller reports:
Democrats are set to release a final Congressional Budget Office report on their health-care bill early this afternoon, which would put them on pace to pass a bill by Saturday, before President Obama leaves the country for a week.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat, told The Daily Caller he will have 216 votes by Saturday to pass a bill.
“I think so,” he said in a brief interview, when asked about the Saturday deadline. “I’m closer than I was yesterday. And I’ll be closer tomorrow than I am today.”
The release of the bill’s CBO “score” today will allow the House Rules Committee to hold a hearing on the text, likely later Wednesday, and also allow Democrats to hold a vote by Saturday, in accordance with the rule that requires a bill to be released 72 hours before a vote.
As I surmised last night, the Pelosi meeting appears to have been a simple, estrogen-fueled pep rally to reinforce the gender-based talking points on Demcare:
Female House Democrats who met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her office on Wednesday morning said the meeting was not about abortion, and that there was no discussion of changing the Senate-passed health-care bill to make it more amenable to pro-life House Democrats.
The meeting, rather, was the latest in a series of events House Democrats have been doing to prepare their caucus for a robust promotion of the bill if and when it passes. Pelosi, a California Democrat, has already done events this week promoting the benefits of the bill for seniors and for children.
Latest House whip count is here.
Premiums will rise under Demcare, contrary to what the White House claims, reports the Associated Press.
How’s that female-friendly?
Update: It’s past noon. Still no damned bill.