Too bad career "progressives" and D-enablers censored and suppressed single payer advocacy....
... because it turns out voters like it. Even Ezra Klein understands this:
Newsflash [not to single payer advocates]: Seniors like their single-payer health-care system. And other voters like the prospect of having the protection of a single-payer health-care system when they get older, too.
That, at least, is the main message out of New York's 26th district, where Democrat Kathy Hochul turned a special election in territory Republicans have held since 1960 into a referendum on the Ryan budget -- and won.
If "progressives" like Hamsher, Bowers, and all the rest of 'em had done the right thing, instead of the funded thing, the entire single payer discourse would be laid out ready for use, exactly as the blogosphere did for war, executive power, and Social Security in 2003-2006. But no. They suppressed single payer and censored its advocates , and so a victory for single payer is a one-liner in Wonkbook and a damp squib at FDL
Ditto tactics. Nobody in NY-26 wants the friggin public option sparkle pony that the career "progressives" flogged so hard; voters aren't nearly as stupid as Hamsher and Bowers think they are: They want the real thing! That being Medicare for All. Oddly, or not, the FDL post doesn't even mention the so-called public option. Hilarity!
Optimistically, the spectacle of "progressives" either jettisoning the public option, seeking to claim it's the same as single payer, or continuing to suppress single payer advocates will be entertaining to watch.
And I'm so pleased to find that "I am their leader; I must follow them" is a quotation from Yes, Minister.
NOTE Oh, and if anybody who still has an account at FDL wants to chip in over there, have at it, say I.
UPDATE FDL's Dayen uses the same frame. (Tellingly, Dayen is just as silent on [a|the] [strong|robust] public [option|plan] as emptywheel is.) Sadly, Defending Medicare, rather than expanding it, is what excites your D shill. Of course, this dovetails neatly with the D strategy of moving to the center, screwing the left, and throwing the former D base under the bus and then driving it over their prostrate bodies. So the Bible says, and it still is true...
UPDATE Nice to see the defenders of Medicare also rush to defend single payer in VT. Oh, wait...
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