The Utter Futility of Bipartisanship for its Own Sake

Yesterday, Senator Baucus (D?-MT) killed the public option, as far as the Senate Finance Committee is concerned. If the eventual healthcare bill contains a public option, it won’t come through his committee.

The question is, why?

For sacrificing his principles, Senator Baucus will get his bill out of committee, but be lucky to pick up even middling support on the Senate floor. And, he’ll throw the public under the bus — 65% of voters want a public option, when fairly described. Baucus finds himself in the peculiar position of catering to a party, while ignoring both its constituents, and his. You can cave in to the playground bully for so long, before you finally just have to deck him and move on. For Senator Baucus, now is that time.

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5 comments

  1. Better put a question mark by the “MN” as well since I’m pretty sure he’s from Montana. I’m also amused that his name is just one letter different from “caucus,” and further that they’re sequential letters.

  2. Blast! I knew it was Montana but I always forget the abbreviations for the M’s. There’re too damn many of them.

  3. The public option is dying because there’s not enough support for it in Congress. If your contention is that there IS greater support in public (polling is conflicted) then I guess more than a few Democrats aren’t listening to their voters.

    1. They probably can’t hear them over all the crazy people shouting about Hitler.

  4. The public option is dying because there’s not enough support for it in Congress. If your contention is that there IS greater support in public (polling is conflicted) then I guess more than a few Democrats aren’t listening to their voters.

    Comment by Mike

    No, they aren’t listening to their voters. They’re listening to their donors – who, as I’ve pointed out in prior comments here, don’t want the status quo to change.

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