Sen. Grassley Says "He's Losing Patience With Democrats"

August 19, 2009 5:30 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

According to National Review Online, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is "losing patience with Democrats" over the state of health care negotiations:

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa - the top Republican negotiator in the "Gang of Six," the group of Senate Finance Committee members that is trying to hammer out bipartisan health-care legislation - tells NRO that he's losing patience with Democrats, who earlier this week signaled that they were ready to abandon hopes for a compromise. "I won't walk away," Grassley says, "but if I'm pushed away, I'll be on the Senate floor trying to kill bad amendments and get good amendments adopted." 

The senator's comments, made with no apparent sense of irony, are truly unbelievable. Grassley has spent the better part of this week trying to torpedo health insurance reform.  He even declared that he won't vote for his own bill if more Republicans -- who have made it clear that they won't support any version of reform -- don't get on board. 

Additionally, Grassley took a direct shot at the White House, suggesting that the Obama administration "doesn't know what it's doing":

The health-care debate, says Grassley, now looks "kind of like the straw that broke the camel's back" for American voters. Citing the federal government's takeover of General Motors and the fact that "the stimulus is not working," Grassley suspects that Americans may be getting the sense that "maybe the administration doesn't know what it's doing" - and they're fed up.

Grassley's recent behavior, however, has made it clear that he's the one who's confused