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  •  "belatedly" (19+ / 0-)

    I'd argue that both his holdout AND eventual reversal were right. Had more of the progressive caucus held out with him, they'd have been  in a position to force a better bill. When so many backed the President's model prematurely, the bargaining power was lost, leaving Dennis no alternative but to capitulate on the plane (tho I hold out hope he got some commitment from the President on some other issue, perhaps not at all healthcare related.)


    "Do your taxpayers a favor, and leave him alone." (My State Assembly Rep, Marc Pocan, to Denver's City Atty before 2008 DNC)

    by ben masel on Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 10:55:07 AM PDT

    •  not so sure about that (3+ / 0-)
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      Matt Z, BoxNDox, James Robinson

      toward the end there, I don't think there was much to negotiate.  As it was, his weight on the "no" side of the whip count made killing the bill entirely that much more likely, and risked conservative concessions to Blue Dogs and Stupak more than it would have profited progressives.

    •  Bargaining... (1+ / 0-)
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      efraker

      I'd argue that both his holdout AND eventual reversal were right. Had more of the progressive caucus held out with him, they'd have been  in a position to force a better bill.

      Yep, that's called intelligent bargaining.

      Unintelligent bargaining is starting off saying: "Well, I prefer X, but gee, I don't really need it that much", as Obama did with the Public Option, instead of saying "I must, must, must have X!", as Kucinich did.

      In fact, Obama's lame lack of effort on this has convinced me he never wanted a public option in the first place.

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