A Private Pat On The Head For Progressives; Capitulation To Stupak?
Via Chris Bowers, the progressives in the House cut their deal with President Obama on the health bill - they got a private pat on the head:
President Obama met with House Progressive leaders today on health reform. Apparently, he thanked them for their advocacy, saying it made the bill better. [. . .] [I]t feels good to hear President Obama acknowledge our efforts in a positive, rather than a derogatory way. And it is appreciated.
Meanwhile, Bart Stupak won't be so easily assuaged. D-Day writes:
Stupak is reportedly negotiating on something with House leaders, which may be the “third bill” strategy, a standalone vote on his amendment attached to the overall bill, which must pass as a condition of his bloc’s support.
I disagree with Stupak on the policy, but I think he provides lessons on political bargaining.
Speaking for me only
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