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    Your thesis is counterfactual. We went through that in 1994, when a few Democrats, claiming that the bill before them was worse than nothing, crossed the aisle to join with Republicans in killing HillaryCare, setting us back more than 15 years. Not this time.

    There are some other purity trolls like yourself about on dKos, but almost all of us see that there was no way to get to single payer or a public option in the face of Blue Dog Ben Nelson, the Senator from Mutual of Omaha, Nebraska, and Joe Lieberman, the Senator from The Hartford, Connecticut, who was far worse than a Blue Dog. (To be fair, Nelson was actually an executive with Central National Insurance Group of Omaha. The point stands.)

    The path to single payer now runs through Vermont, nuking the filibuster on legislation, and taking back the House with a margin greater than the number of remaining Blue Dogs. The ongoing implosion of the Republican Party will help after we get past them trying to make up for dwindling numbers by getting ever louder and nastier.

    The path to anything good runs through voting for and working for the best, or least-bad, candidates available, and through pushing the issue forward to get more public support and thus better candidates next time. See President Obama on Marriage Equalty, where he followed the polls. Compare that with any Republican who is busily unskewing the polls and claiming that the results of polls, ACA signups, whatever, were cooked.

    I supported Blue Dog Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly against Richard "Rape babies are God's will" Mourdock, and I have been pushing Donnelly, along with a multitude of other Hoosiers. He has evolved on Guns and Gays since his election, though not yet on God (abortion and Israel).

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:06:41 AM PDT

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