Jane Hamsher on NBC Nightly News this evening (at 0:28 mark in this video):
“There’s nothing about being from a conservative district which says you have to sell your soul to Blue Cross in order to be able to win re-election.”
The message here is succinct and to the point. Blue Cross isn’t going to vote for you, Senator; only voters vote. And they are telling their senators loudly and clearly they want a public option.
UPDATE 10:30 p.m. ET — Here’s the report by NBC, the western edition posted after the vote for cloture (we don’t yet have video from NBC directly):
Obviously we still have work to do to firm the spine, I mean, resolve of waverers like Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).