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NYT Tells Dems To Revive Public Option

From the relentless (and ever-subtle) propagandists at the New York Times:

Liberal Groups Urge Congress to Revive Public Option


January 26, 2010

To save their big health care legislation, the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress are considering a hardball procedural maneuver known as budget reconciliation to adopt a health measure, despite losing their 60-seat super majority in the Senate.

And by ‘hardball’ the New York Times means a procedure that was never meant for legislation enacting policy, as Robert Byrd and its other creators have often noted.

Party leaders hope they can use the reconciliation process to pass a compromise measure, especially with many rank-and-file Democrats worried about their political prospects after the Republican victory in last week’s special Senate election in Massachusetts.

But in a sign of the mounting internal rancor among Democrats as the health care bill teeters on the edge of collapse, some liberal groups are urging Congressional Democrats to use reconciliation to create a government-run health plan, or public option.

The Progressive Campaign Change Committee, which claims more than 300,000 members, and Democracy for America, the group founded by former Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont, which claims more than 1 million members, sent a strategy memo to top Senate aides urging them to expand the health care measure, by reviving the public option that was dropped from the Senate bill.

The groups also released poll results that they said showed how politically vulnerable Democratic House members would fare better in November’s midterm elections if they push harder to create a government-run health plan.

A poll that only the readers of the New York Times could believe.

“The best thing Democrats could do in 2010 is fight big corporations like insurance companies and Wall Street,” the groups wrote. “On health care, the path forward is obvious.” The groups added, “Democrats would be popular – for finally taking on insurance companies by passing the public option.”

And, of course, this is the message from the New York Times to its faithful, as well.

The group’s conclusions contradict the message that many Congressional Democrats seemed to hear in the Massachusetts results, a call to move back toward the center and try harder for bipartisan compromise with Republicans on health care and other issues.

Adam Green, a co-founder of the Progressive Campaign Change Committee, hailed his group’s polling as evidence that Democrats need to embrace populism or risk losing to Republicans.

“This polling is conclusive proof that the key to Democratic victory in 2010 is bold populism,” Mr. Green aid. “On health care, that means supporting a hugely popular public option that the big insurance companies fear. If President Obama calls for watered-down reform in his State of the Union, he’ll be asking freshman Democrats to walk the plank.” …

This sounds a lot like the speeches the officers used to give Japan’s kamikaze pilots, before they got into their planes.

Of course the pilots were drunk on sake.

The seemingly counterintuitive analysis by the liberal groups is that Democrats are suffering because they have not pushed hard enough against centrist Democrats and Republicans, and that the Democratic base is listless and apathetic as a result. Fighting for the public option could re-energize the base, the liberal advocates said.

“Seemingly counterintuitive”? How hilarious.

“Voters want bold populism,” the liberal groups wrote in their strategy memo. “If Democrats don’t give it to them Republicans are ready to pretend they will.” …

Yes, we have all seen all those Republicans pushing for the public option.

For instance, that was the essential factor in Mr. Brown’s surprising victory.

In a “seemingly counterintuitive” way, of course.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “NYT Tells Dems To Revive Public Option”

  1. proreason says:

    The Slimes should publish it’s 10 point recipe for making the country great.

    Then we would know exactly what to do.

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    Sorry for being so anal, but:

    Pedal: v.intr.
    1. To use or operate a pedal or pedals.
    2. To ride a bicycle.
    To operate the pedals of.

    Peddle: v.tr.
    a. To travel about selling (wares): peddling goods from door to door.
    b. To engage in the illicit sale of (narcotics).
    2. Informal To seek to disseminate; give out: peddling lies.
    1. To travel about selling wares.
    2. To occupy oneself with trifles.

  3. mr_bill says:

    Do you think lemmings consider the fall while they are approaching the cliff? It appears that they actually run faster toward it.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Sooooooooo………………… the ‘Fourth Estate’ swallows the “black” capsule.

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