Various people who had a lot to do with the passage got it. I know Pelosi did, it seemed like everyone on the stage behind him got one.
I was going to start a new thread on this but there already several on the same basic topic, so I'm gonna put it here instead...
I disagree with Maureen Dowd's conclusion in her column today.
The Chicago pol in the Oval has had to learn one of the great American truths: You’ve got to slap the bully in the face.
I think that this whole thing was constructed quite deliberately.
First came the non-Obama plan to draw out and clarify objections. Then a whole lot (!) of attempts at bi-partisanship to fulfill campaign promises (indeed, one of the main elements of the campaign) and to genuinely see if that got anywhere. Then when it became abundantly clear -- to everyone
-- that the Republicans would have none of this bipartisan crap and were just going to throw up roadblocks and "kill the bill," then
step in and with a show of power and political savvy, make it happen anyway
That bipartisan interval had to happen, and had to last long enough to make it clear that it wasn't an empty gesture.