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From The Hindsight Is 20/20 File . . .

Matt Yglesias:

If reconciliation could be revived, things might look different. Thereís a good case for not doing this legislation through reconciliation. The product that emerged from the parliamentarianís wringer could be sub-optimal in various ways. But the product that emerges from Liebermanís wringer will also be sub-optimal. So given a viable threat of reconciliation, it seems to me that both sides would have some incentive to compromise.

NOW he writes this? Sheesh. This was the point when a lot of us were writing this 6 months ago. The worst political bargainers in the history of political bargaining.

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    But it was a new world (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 08:40:55 AM EST
    An untried literally brand spanking new President.....fresh pundits.....you're experienced and cranky and certain.  Are you jaded or wise?  Nobody wants the later because where are the ponies then?  It's sad but the only kids who will be getting any ponies for a very very long time are the children of Wall Street and the insurance industry.

    I'm not sure which is more painful: (none / 0) (#2)
    by Anne on Mon Dec 14, 2009 at 09:42:10 AM EST
    having the foresight to know what needed to be done, and no one doing it, or watching those that couldn't see it, and didn't do it, or didn't argue for doing it, all of a sudden open their eyes with perfect 20-20 hindsight.

    Both, I guess.

    There's a lot of it going around, but I'm not sure (1) how long it will last and (2) whether there's also an element of tunnel vision - not being able to see that there are other issues and other areas that could benefit from some hindsight.