It’s one thing to say that you won’t vote for something good on policy grounds because it would be politically harmful. But to refuse to vote for something that would be good even when it would be politically helpful is… well, a sign that you are a Democratic member of the House of Representatives.
How can we explain this? Maybe a note from Hollywood will do the trick. Thus:
The Democrats are sitting there with claws and fangs; they could pass health care reform now. But they are too busy staring at their claws and fangs, worrying about how it’s going to look to someone, and the bunny will get away. And then the Republicans will take the claws and fangs away from them.
Listen to the great political savant, Vince Vaughn: you don’t want to be like the guy in the PG-13 movie whom everyone is rooting so hard for. You want to be like the guy in R rated movie whom everyone is a little scared of.