I'm not sure Max Baucus and staff read Jonathan Cohn, but they should. This comes from his latest report on where things stand on Capitol Hill:
Baucus, as you may know, has been trying to hammer out a deal with a bipartisan group of six members. But on Thursday the most conservative member of the bunch, Republican Mike Enzi of Wyoming, made it clear he didn't think it possible to get legislation ready for the August recess.
By all accounts, Enzi has been under enormous pressure from Republican leadership, which wants no bill at all and sees time as its ally. Whether Enzi was responding to their pressure or simply following his own conscience is anybody's guess.
I, for one, am shocked that Republicans see delay as a tactical device rather than as a time for careful study and deliberation about policy merits. I'm equally shocked to Enzi dragging things out. And here I thought he only cared about Doritos...