If you watched the voting in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sunday night, when the House passed Obamacare, there was a 15-minute period of voting. Of course, that was after the muscle at the front of the room tried to declare that a voice vote had carried it - when it clearly had not.
The scorecard on CNN.com showed that the vote could have gone either way almost right to the end. Some of the Dems were holding out - obviously, waiting to see which way the vote was going before sticking their necks out. Or, more likely, not wanting to put their necks on the chopping block for the November 2nd ax too soon.
Here's my idea. Allow a 15-minute vote for them to flip coins (best two out of three? No, wait; three out of five? Wait! four out of seven?) or get muscled at the last minute, BUT do not reveal the voting by any member until all members have voted.
This would force each member to stand on his own two feet and vote as he believed (or had been persuaded). Each and every member would have to stick his neck out, without knowing, for sure, how anyone else voted.
My, my, my. What a novel idea!
Would Obamacare have passed Sunday night? I doubt it.