Sources say that Obama’s aides are working steadily for Pass the Damn Bill with a reconciliation sidecar. This follows increasingly strong rhetorical statements over the last few days that he wanted a big and Democratic solution to health reform, not a useless and bipartisan one.
Obama’s strategy is now clear: use a hidden hand for specifics, a bullhorn for general morale. (WE NEED TO ACT LIKE DEMOCRATS &passthedamnbillalready)
The only question left at this point is whether this is artful Kabuki or inept Kabuki. My money’s on artful Kabuki. And it wasn’t there a few days ago.