"Politics done right" my sweet Aunt Fanny
"Polling expert" Nate Silver writes:
The overall package fares poorly not because of concerns about the presence or absence of certain individual measures, but because people are exhausted and turned off by the process and have vague and ill-informed* concerns about what the bill would do.
Yeah, and that wouldn't be because the public option advocates pissed in the policy well by using a "bait and switch" strategy to confuse Medicare with [a|the] [strong|robust|triggered]? public [health insurance]? [option|plan] -- and so all the polling data is useless. And it wouldn't be because "progressives" like Howard Dean did the same, adding his own driblet to the mighty stream.
Here's an alternative theory:
The American people are well informed about the bills, and have precise ideas about them: The bills turn failure to buy junk insurance into a Federal crime. And the bills bail out the insurance companies by guaranteeing them a market.
I mean, seriously, why do you imagine that the start dates are put off until after 2012? Because the Dems don't want to run on them!
NOTE * Remember "low information" votes? Good times...