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Rep. Himes Discusses Rep. Anthony Weiner

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I had a chance to get to a Blogger's meet up with Rep. Jim Himes in Norwalk on Tuesday night and we hit on a bunch of topics. I have a couple of videos up on the topic of Healthcare Reform over here already, you can peek at my YouTube uploads for more (I have six edited so far).

But for those of you that might wonder "if Rep. Anthony Weiner is really pushing as hard as he can for Single Payer?" I thought you might enjoy this short and humorous video from the interview below the fold:

There were only two Bloggers there at the beginning of the interview - myself and Saramerica, with Connecticut Bob and Anderson Scooper showing up later - so I managed to get a lot of questions in and a lot of advocacy for Medicare. Either as a Single Payer solution or as a Public Option.

A note on usage: (And not aimed at Corrente members, since you Bloggers get how the Blogosphere works): As always, feel free to take anything you want from my archives to use with minor stipulations: Both as embeds and I don't mind if you download and edit bits yourself as long as you are using them to advocate for real healthcare reform as I define it - "Single Payer or a real Public Option like opening Medicare to whomever wants it" - and if you would be kind enough to hat tip Connecticut Man1 at ePluribus Media should you take and use it. Any other use requires my explicit permission. :) You would think that with this many years that Blogs and Blogging existed we wouldn't have to say Creative Commons' sense like that anymore?

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Submitted by a little night ... on

Weiner talked about this incident at the Single Payer meeting MadamaB and I attended.

Yeah, he'll say anything to anybody. I can just see him all up in Obama's face. Whatta guy!... too bad he's already spoken for... ;>

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Submitted by connecticut man1 on

People have questioned his motives, IMHO. I have little doubt about it, though his votes aren't great if you look at it from a Single Payer advocate's perspective, he has also shown that he is willing to look at answers other than Single Payer and call it as he sees it. Whether calling some aspects good or bad, or calling them baby steps or the best solution, etc..

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Submitted by a little night ... on

One other thing he mentioned briefly, and Eric Schneiderman (my NY State Senator) has also discussed in more depth: it can be hard to know what's really going on behind individual votes in Congress, whether good votes or bad votes. I can't formulate this well enough not to seem to be smearing good people right now (I have to run), but just want to reiterate that being an elected representative, as opposed to being a movement leader, means negotiating a lot of conflicting pressures and people who want to get things done must make complicated calculations. I may not always agree with the results of their calculus, but I realize that I also don't know all the details of what is going on. IOW, even a "good" vote may not be all that, and I won't throw over a representative just because of a "bad" vote, necessarily.

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Submitted by connecticut man1 on

It never matches up well with reality in the real world. IOW: I know what you mean.

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Submitted by beowulf on

Thanks for the video C M 1. Himes comes across as a good guy (never heard of him before, I guess he's the fellow who retired Chris Shay) and that's a great story about Anthony Weiner. Good for him getting in the president's grille.