Mark has always been the optimist around here, especially about Obama, and I have always been the pessimist. So it’s no surprise that he is celebrating what is going on in the health care negotiations.
That was yesterday. Now, Brian Beutler reports that the White House is actually trying to kill the public option opt-out in the Senate negotiations, because it is so committed to getting Olympia Snowe’s vote that it would not mind having a worse bill — even if there are 60 Democratic votes for cloture.
If this is true — and it is a big “if” -then it is an absolute outrage. It might be a feint; it might be a test to see if progressives really care about this; it might be trying to signal how much they want Republican votes; it might be Rahm Emanuel deciding that insurers and Pharma are more important than the under- and uninsured. I don’t know. Don’t tell me about tactical conservatism about getting 60 Democratic votes for cloture; that can come if a real public option fails cloture, in which case a floor amendment can pass.)
But if it is true, it would constitute a grotesque sell-out of Obama’s most dedicated supporters. It would certainly not be change we can believe in.