Another email offer for commemorative plates!
[UPDATE Another career "progressive" joins the fun! -- lambert]
I just got some spam from one "Michael Bennett" at FDL, with a subject line so crudely deceptive that it could only have been written in a shop somewhere on K Street, albeit a second-rate one. The subject line:
BREAKING: Public option back in play
A little deconstruction:
1. "BREAKING" is crudely deceptive; it's general practice in the blogosphere to reserve "BREAKING" for actual news. Of course, "Bennett" might argue that the beginning of yet another useless "progressive" whip campaign is itself news, but that's way too meta for me.
2. "back in play" is crudely deceptive; combined with "BREAKING," it implies that somebody other than "Michael Bennett" pressing the Submit button on his bulkmailer regards the so-called "public option" as being in play, which of course is not the case.
3. Assuming, for the sake of argument, only the best of intentions, the lesson of this entire HCR cycle is that "progressives" have never put anything "in play," including the so-called "public option". Instead, they have been played.
4. Assuming, alternatively, that career "progressives" can put policy in play, then why in the name of sweet suffering Jeebus are they trying to pump more blood into the public option zombie? Why not advocate for an actual policy, instead of a marketing slogan? Oh, wait. Funding. Sorry. My bad.
UPDATE The "progressives" have managed to fill Bennet's mailboxes up in DC and the Denver office. However, I'm betting if you start at the bottom of this list and work up, you'll have better luck.