The Gang of Deep-Six

So the Obama administration’s healthcare reform/overhaul/government takeover rests to a large degree in the hands of the obstructionist Senate Finance Committee, or “Gang of Six:” Sens. Max Baucus, Kent Conrad, Jeff Bingaman, Charles Grassley, Olympia Snowe, and Mike Enzi.

As we watch the meanderings of this Gang That Can’t Legislate Straight, let’s not forget what New York Times columnist Gail Collins noted last month:

The senators on this special committee hail from Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Iowa, Maine and Wyoming. This was quite a coup on Baucus’s part, since you have to work really hard to put together six states that represent only 2.77 percent of the population.

Representative democracy, indeed.

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