Glenn Reynolds notes that the thimerosal provision and some of the other garbage that got Christmas-treed onto the Homeland Security bill will apparently be undone. He’s prepared to give credit to what he calls “the lefty part of the blogosphere,” which is surely generous but might or might not be accurate; the families seem to be fairly well organized, which surely matters more than anything bloggic. Maybe the teensy bit of publicity some of us were able to give the Frist/Lilly book deal helped increase the prospective political cost of leaving the provision in place. [Atrios had the story first among bloggers.]
Glenn quotes a reader as congratulating Senator Frist for making a move with which Frist actually disagrees substantively. Is it really so surprising when a Republican leader lives up to a negotiated agreement?
In fact, I am surprised (or will be if it actually happens). I was on record predicting a flim-flam. But it’s hard to see simply delivering on a promise as something to boast about.
[For those just coming into this serial, a review of the bidding, with links, is here.]