POLITICO sources say Pelosi let Childers off the hook on health care

House Democratic sources deny that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “released” any Democrats to vote no on the health care bill — but some of the nays were clearly more acceptable to leadership than others.

Most of the southern and western no’s [Bobby Bright (D-Ala.), Travis Childers (D-Miss.), Walt Minnick (D-Idaho), etc.] were the subject of personal lobbying by the speaker and her deputies, according to several sources. But Pelosi and Co. realized early on that their districts dictated their votes and a yes could be political suicide and more or less let them off the hook.