Remember at the beginning of the year when President Obama declared that we'd have health-care reform bills passed by the August recess? Not so much, right? Indeed, the whole sticking-to-the-timeline thing hasn't gone so well for Congress' would-be reformers. And now it looks like they're beginning to admit that they may not be able to get a bill passed this year.
Opposition strategy on health care has consisted of three parts—delay, delay, and delay—on the theory that the longer this drags on, the less likely it is to pass. I think that theory is basically sound: Pollster.com shows opposition to the health-care bill rising pretty steadily throughout the year. Indeed, this tactic—let's call it the Rolling Stones-strategy—recently pushed public opposition to the plan past the 50 percent mark, proving that for those trying to take down the once-inevitable health-care bill, time is most definitely on their side.