Glenn Greenwald summarizes Obama/Dems' approach to "Public Option"- Waiting for PO
It's a hoot while being on point, deadly serious, and terribly depressing. Probably has gone viral by now, but here's the link to Greenwald's Waiting for PO*.
Basically, this is how things have progressed:
Progressives: We want a public option!
Democrats/WH: We agree with you totally! Unfortunately, while we have 50 votes for it, we just don't have 60, so we can't have it. Gosh darn that filibuster rule.
Progressives: But you can use reconciliation like Bush did so often, and then you only need 50 votes.
Filbuster reform advocates/Obama loyalists: Hey progressives, don't be stupid! Be pragmatic. It's not realistic or Serious to use reconciliation to pass health care reform. None of this their fault. It's the fault of the filibuster. The White House wishes so badly that it could pass all these great progressive bills, but they're powerless, and they just can't get 60 votes to do it.
Progressives: Hey, great! Now that you're going to pass the bill through reconciliation after all, you can include the public option that both you and we love, because you only need 50 votes, and you've said all year you have that!
Democrats/WH: No. We don't have 50 votes for that (look at Jay Rockefeller). Besides, it's not the right time for the public option. The public option only polls at 65%, so it might make our health care bill -- which polls at 35% -- unpopular. Also, the public option and reconciliation are too partisan, so we're going to go ahead and pass our industry-approved bill instead . . . on a strict party line vote.
This is destined to become a classic, at least for reference purposes, so bookmark this column of Greenwald's.
(There are links embedded in the original, but I can't get my cursor to highlight for easy linking. Apologies. Just go read the whole thing; it should be read in its entirety anyway.)
*Waiting for PO encompasses all progressive, anti-war, anti-torture, pro-social good legislation thus far....