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View Diary: Are The Dour Democratic Projections About 2010 Justified? (334 comments)

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  •  Strongly Disagree (4+ / 0-)
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    zeke L, Matt Z, SuetheRedWA, jethrock
    You simply ignore the fact that the VOTES AREN'T THERE for a robust public option.

    I think you'll find that there will most definitely be 50 votes in the Senate and 218 votes in the House for a robust public option as part of an up-or-down vote on a larger healthcare bill.

    (And 50 votes in the Senate will indeed do the trick.)

    The only question is whether or not the White House thinks that "winning" on healthcare provides bad optics for them.

    The White House most certainly will determine the composition of the final bill, and they most certainly can get a bill with a robust public option made law.  The question is whether or not they want to.

    And given that "losing" on the public option will also end up losing lots of Democratic seats in 2010, the decision should be easy for them, as long as they haven't completely lost touch with reality.

    Don't piss off your base heading into an off-year election.  It's a basic rule of politics.

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