This time last year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was racing frantically against the clock to try to ram through the national health care bill before the chamber adjourned for Christmas, but with Democrats holding a 60-vote majority, the only hope for opponents of the bill was that so-called moderates such as Sens. Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman -- or maybe a liberal upset about the lack of a public option -- would support a GOP filibuster. In the end, Republicans' dragged things out but were ultimately helpless to stop the freight train. Yet a year later -- in no small part because of they succeeded in passing the health care bill into law -- Democrats find themselves in a much weaker position, and suddenly had to drop an omnibus spending bill that once would have sailed through.
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