Progressives Getting Played
Yesterday, I hit d-day for his, to me, strange post, seeming to favor triggers over the Federalist Public Option (he wrote a comment in my thread saying that's not what he meant.) Today he seems to have learned something about the political game:
The wild card in all of this is Olympia Snowe’s yes vote on the Baucus bill today [. . .] The White House is clearly dying for something they can call bipartisan support, and will likely want to use Snowe in that capacity, as well as who she could bring along – Bill Nelson already intimated today that Susan Collins would come along with Snowe (although her role is probably more as cover for moderate Democrats). Snowe pointedly rejected the public option in her comments.
Bill Nelson? Not the same Bill Nelson d-day was defending yesterday when he was praising triggers? Look, I do not think it takes a genius to see that what Bill Nelson was saying yesterday was a result of his KNOWING what Olympia Snowe was going to do today. Frankly, d-day (and other progressives) got played yesterday. In their fight against the Federalist Public Option they ended up, unwittingly, strengthening the Mushy Middle's drive for the Snowe trigger. Understanding political bargaining was lacking in this instance.
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