This is literally the most nauseating episode of “Punch the Hippies” I’ve ever seen on cable news. Someone might remind Larry and Kent that it’s the “centrists” who are screwing the pooch.
Conservative Democrats are making it very clear that they’ll switch their vote and kill the bill down the line if the public option doesn’t get stripped out of it.
“Let me be perfectly clear,” Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) said on the floor of the Senate. “I am opposed to a new government administered health care plan as a part of comprehensive health insurance reform, and I will not vote in favor of the proposal that has been introduced by Leader Reid as it is written…. I’ve already alerted the Leader and I’m promising my colleagues that I’m prepared to vote against moving to the next stage of consideration as long as a government-run public option is included.”
“Centrists” like Kent Conrad and Blanche Lincoln have been in total control of the Senate for a year. If Conrad doesn’t think they’re getting enough done, it’s on them. They own it.