This, via Daily Kos: Newt Gingrich was on Sean Hannity last night to talk about Senate Democrats considering passing health care reform via filibuster-proof reconciliation. If they used reconciliation, a budget process that would require only 51 votes instead of 60, Gingrich said it would be akin to the rule of Venezuela's socialist president, Hugo Chavez.
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"I think that what you're seeing is a Chicago machine politics approach that basically says, if we can run over you and mug you, then we're going to get away with it," Gingrich said. "And I think what they don't understand is that this is not Chicago. That the United States is not going to tolerate a group of people trying apply kind of a Hugo Chavez majoritarian rule in the Senate. I don't it'll happen."