September 9, 2009

ONLY THE DERANGED PARTY...:

Pelosi's trump card: the public option (GLENN THRUSH & PATRICK O'CONNOR, 9/9/09, Politico)

“Every time we have had a negotiation, Reid and [White House chief of staff] Rahm [Emanuel] say you have to accept this or that because we need the 60 votes [for cloture],” says a senior Democratic aide in the House. “That’s true this time. The difference now is that Pelosi can turn right back at them and say, ‘I can’t pass this in the House without the progressives.’ And that will be true, too.”

Pelosi’s leverage in her perpetual push-pull with Reid has been boosted by a rebellion among pro-public-option progressives, African-American and Hispanic House members, who say they are tired of being shortchanged by the White House and will vote no rather than OK a bill without the public option.


...could think it a good idea for the representative of one of the most marginal districts in the country to trump the President.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2009 7:21 AM
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