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  •  Run an ad locally quoting Cooper: (2+ / 0-)
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    decembersue, Tennessee Dave

    "I support a public option . . . I agree with [Liberal New York] Sen. Chuck Schumer’s position on the issue."

    Let's see how he responds.

    •  Just use this video: (1+ / 0-)
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      Tennessee Dave

      "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 11:59:06 AM PDT

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      •  You don't get it, JR. (0+ / 0-)

        Cooper is saying this at a meeting of OFA, so of course he's going to say he supports the President and the public option.

        What you and Benintn seem not to understand is that Cooper is talking out of both sides of his mouth.

        He says he supports public option, but won't support the bill that has the public option.  In fact, the only bill he says he'll support is one without the public option (the Healthy Americans Act).

        I mean, I appreciate that you've dug up this video which was shot back in May, but I guess you have not even considered that Jim Cooper may be... gasp!... LYING!

        •  Cooper attended an OFA meeting? What a commie! (0+ / 0-)

          But seriously, I think his reliance on Schumer for cover is a cheap cop-out (I don't recall Schumer ever pledging to oppose a Senate version of HR 3200 if it reached a vote, for example).  And I think Cooper's letter to Libertina was as weasel-y as any I've seen in some time.

          But if someone wants to hit Cooper on public option hypocrisy, using the video I linked would be just fine.  "Call Jim Cooper and tell him to keep his word and support a strong public option."

          What I'm saying is that Cooper has made a plain "yes on the public option" statement, on the record, and reinforced that today.  He simply hasn't made a "yes on H.R. 3200" statement of similar strength.  He should be relentlessly hammered if he ends up opposing the only bill containing a public option when the votes are cast, but we shouldn't act as though his statements are inherently inconsistent--they're no less consistent than saying "I support prescription drug reforms and oppose the Medicare Part D legislation passed under Bush."  It's incumbent on Cooper to let us know which he values higher (his support for a public option or his opposition to what I consider a good bill), and we should of course beat the snot out of him on the airwaves if he makes the wrong vote, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

          "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 01:39:19 PM PDT

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