Key Point: "...the claims by Morse and Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley that the governor poisoned the talks is an attempt at political misdirection... The governor’s comments were a deal-breaker only because there was really no deal to be had in the first place. The conservative wing of the Senate Republican caucus saw to that. The shame is that moderate Republicans who might have been inclined to support expanded Medicaid didn’t, but for reasons of politics, rather than policy."
Nashua Telegraph Editorial: There was really no Medicaid deal to be had
The special session was Morse’s first real test since he took over as Senate president for Peter Bragdon. Morse may have won the battle and vanquished the expanded Medicaid demon, but the fact that he couldn’t control his caucus doesn’t bode well for the upcoming legislative session, when he will probably need Democrats more than ever to come along on some issues in a Senate where Republicans hold just a 13-11 majority.