"No matter where you watch television today – even if you turn on FOX – you are going to get the syrupy - everything they say is going to be predictable: let's put aside our differences for today and respect the great work and achievements of Sen. Kennedy," Limbaugh added. " I am going to vomit and puke all over everyone with this analysis today."
Conservatives for Patients Rights, a group which has been on television for months trying to defeat a government insurance option, announced today that it was halting "indefinitely" its television ad campaign. The group's spokesman, however, told ABC News that it expects to return to the airwaves following Kennedy's burial.
Given the depth of differences between the parties on health-care reform, as well as the belief on the part of conservatives like the Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes that the GOP has benefited from a strategy of "pure opposition" to Obama, the real question raised by Kennedy's death is whether it can help rally fellow Democrats who have wavered on certain aspects of health-care reform such as a public insurance option.
"The real question is what lesson do they take from it?" asked ABC's Cokie Roberts, a long-time Capitol Hill watcher, during an appearance today on ABCNews.com's "Top Line." "Do they take the lesson of the actual Ted Kennedy, the man who would probably be saying at this point, 'Let's just get a bill . . . we can add to it later. We can worry about a public option and all of that stuff later. Let's just do something that helps a whole lot of people now and then we can add to it.'"
"The other lesson they might take," she added, "is to go with the liberal lion and say, 'Oh, we can't compromise at all in which case they could easily end up with no bill."
ABC News' Jacqueline Klingebiel, David Chalian, Rick Klein, Jonathan Karl and Elizabeth Gorman contributed to this report.