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  •  We couldn't have done better (6+ / 0-)

    He just reversed himself and supported the public option.  If he wants to claim the blue dogs were for it all along, well, as long as we get the votes I really don't care what historical revisionism he chooses to indulge.  We won on substance, and that's what counts.

    He's right, BTW, that the public option substantially reduces the cost of HCR.  It is a good thing that he's trying to take credit for it.

    •  no. he always supported public option (0+ / 0-)

      you just haven't been listening.

      •  What about his constituents (3+ / 0-)
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        killjoy, Tennessee Dave, Jyrinx

        they haven't been listening either?

        Fact is, he's tried to play both sides.

      •  Yep, here's June 9th, 2009, HuffPo: (1+ / 0-)
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        War Horse

        A key conservative House Democrat threw his support on Monday to a public health care option without a so-called "trigger" that could prevent it from being implemented.

        "I'm for a public option. I like Chuck Schumer's approach. It does not have a trigger in it," said Rep. Jim Cooper (Tenn.), the vice chairman of the Blue Dog Health Care Task Force.

        On Saturday, Cooper told constituents at a town hall on health care almost exactly the same thing. "We should be for it, just like President Obama's letter says," Cooper told a voter in response to a question about the public option under consideration as part of the health care reform.

        When a second constituent asked him to clarify if that meant he supported the public option without a trigger, he responded, "My preferred position is to support Senator Chuck Schumer's plan for the public option. That has no trigger in it. I think he has done the best job so far being a senior senator and in leadership and much closer to the White House than I am."

        Linky goodness, and video luv from SEIU:

        "When those windmills start to chop people up, tilting at them may not only be rational, but may become a necessity." -arodb

        by JR on Mon Aug 24, 2009 at 11:57:16 AM PDT

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      •  but, Ben just last week he spoke about co-ops (1+ / 0-)
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        Tennessee Dave

        as the solution.  

        Ben, what are you hearing about anyone interested in challenging Cooper?  You don't have to say it here if you know of something, but please email me.  I will help in any way.

      •  Then why won't he support H.R. 3200? (2+ / 0-)
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        Sandy on Signal, Tennessee Dave

        As it stands now, the only piece of legislation that Jim Cooper has said he could vote for is the Healthy Americans Act, which has no public option.

        Ben, you should quit taking Jim Cooper at his word and ask him to put up or shut up.

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