Monday, October 5, 2009

Public Option Propaganda Continues

The public option propaganda continues, sustaining itself on a Los Angeles Times reprint of the "Obama is secretly pushing the public option" article that appeared in the Chicago Tribune yesterday.   Chuck Schumer reports that things are moving along just blissfully in his efforts to include the public option in a final bill.  It is positively sunshine kisses and rainbow lollipops all around from his report:

"Inside, we were all happy," Schumer said, adding that he and other Democratic senators are targeting Baucus, along with Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) for additional votes on the public option.
He maintained that the final bill to pass through all of Congress would have a public option, whether the Senate passes it initially or has to rely on a budget manuever in the conference report to avoid the 60-vote filibuster threshold.
McJoan, diarist at  Daily KOS, was celebrating in the end zone one minute, while unloading  on Blanche Lincoln the next.  Meaningless polls showing the voters in Nebraska are just wild about the public option are de rigueur in chastising those timid moderates who can't see everyone loves the public option.  I am stunned that Blanche Lincoln is not convinced of the massive support in her state for the public option after seeing that all important Daily KOS poll.

It could be these moderates are worried about their political hides come midterm elections.  The President, however, is only really concerned about his own re-election.  Chuck Todd makes this revealing statement in the following clip as the Hardball cheerleaders rationalize the lampooning of their hero on Saturday Night Live.  Chuck makes the point very close to the end:

Will the moderates vote for a public option that voters fear will cause them to lose their current health care coverage? It's highly unlikely unless these noble moderates are willing to sacrifice their seats.

H/T: Memeorandum

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