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You Have to Die First to be Resurrected (Public Option Edition)

Was the Public Option really as dead as the mainstream media (and even most recently by Josh Marshall) have been making out?

Or was this yet another example of 'He-said-She-said' journamalism where the reality on the ground -- Dems got the votes, Dems got the votes -- was conveniently ignored so that we could hear yet more of Chuck Grassley and Olympia Snowe?

HCR: Sen. Reid to Make Announcement at 2:15p CT

I can hardly wait...

UPDATE: Yup, Public Option is in the house (err, Senate)!

Is Fox Right-wing?

I'm not quite sure why media people like Howard Kurtz are shocked, shocked that members of the Obama Administration are calling out Fox News.

Members of the Obama Administration are observing a wise rule of survival in the jungle of hard-ball politics, namely, 'Don't ignore your opponents -- Define them'.

In any case, what they're doing is only stating the obvious. Does anyone dispute the fact that Fox News is a rightwing propaganda network?

The question is almost a sanity test. What's surprising is how the media types like Kurtz actually think this dispute is good news for Fox! (It always is, isn't it?)

Wrong Side of History

Encouraging words from Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on the likelihood of Senate Blue Dogs killing the Senate bill because it contains a public option:

"No Democrat wants to be on the wrong side of history and vote on a procedural vote to kill the most important domestic vote of their careers," Brown said.

Phonebanking for Health Care

[Courtesy of HCAN and Citizen Action-IL.]

The Final Push for Health Care Reform! This Is The Week!

Beginning with today's Senate Finance Committee vote, this week marks the close of 100 years of fighting for quality, affordable health care for all. We need your help to create one final push in support of a strong public health insurance option.

Join us this week and next week as we flood DC with constituent calls showing overwhelming support for restoring the public option to the Senate Bill, and maintaining a strong public option in HR 3200.

Phone-banking for Health Care - Sign up Now!

Tuesday, October 13th:

  • 1) Crystal Lake; Tellenar Inc., 727 Tek Drive(off Rt 31 near NW Herald); 5 - 9 pm, Contact: Larry Glowacki,
  • 2) Arlington Heights; Dems Office, 1310 West Northwest Highway; 6 - 9 pm, ** bring your cell phone ** Contact: Hal Snyder,

Wednesday, October 14th:

Thursday, October 15th:

  • 1) Arlington Heights; Dems Office, 1310 West NW Highway; 6 - 9 pm, ** bring your cell phone ** Contact: Matt Flamm,

Call Jessica, 312-427-2114 x. 206, for more details

Recall is Just Plain Dumb

Eric Zorn has the right reaction to recall in Illinois:

I’m fearful of it, too. I worry that it will give too much power to interest groups with the money to mount petition drives and make elected officials even more skittish than they already are.

Zorn describes the Governor as non-plussed:

Quinn says history elsewhere suggests recall will be used sparingly, and that the steep signature requirement --15% of the total votes cast for governor in the preceding election -- assures it will be used sparingly.

Of course the 'steep signature requirement' is a mere three points over what's required to boot the governor out in California. That doesn't sound that 'steep' to me.

Also, who says the recall has to be successful? All it takes is someone with enough money and media access to score a couple of points before the poor guy in office has to stop everything he's doing and mount a counter-campaign.

It's hard to imagine anything more disruptive or destructive to good government. And the joke is, there's no reason for this -- we don't need it. Leave the California-style politics to the Californians. We've got enough problems as it is.

Obama Got the Prize But We Deserve the Credit

Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize but it's the American people who deserve the credit.

After the horrors of the Bush Administration in everything from Rule of Law to Rule of Science, it was the American people who put Obama into office. This was an illustration, as if we needed it, of how strong democracies are in a sense self-correcting.

I think the Prize is as much an expression of relief as an acknowledgment of our yankee democratic process.

UPDATE: From French President Nicolas Sarkozy:

"It confirms, finally, America's return to the hearts of the people of the world... you can count on my resolute support and that of France."

UPDATE II: Michael Moore gets what this is all about:

"So, yeah, at precisely 11:00pm ET on November 4, 2008, Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. And the 66 million people who voted for him won it, too. By the time he took the stage at midnight ET in the Grant Park Historic Hippie Battlefield in downtown Chicago, billions of people around the globe were already breathing a huge sigh of relief. It was as if, in that instant, one man did bring the promise of peace to the world -- and most were ready to go wherever he wanted to go to achieve that end. Never before had the election of one man made every other nation feel like they had won, too. When you've got billions of people ready, willing and able to join a cause like this, well, a prize in Oslo is the least that you deserve."

Light at the End of the HCR Tunnel?

Sen. Schumer on the 'Opt-Out' Public Option:

"Senator Carper and I met for quite a while last night and made progress and talked to a large number of members last night, yesterday. And I am optimistic that there will be some kind of public option in the bill the president signs. I'm very optimistic."

[h/t TPM]

Rightwinger Headline if Obama Hadn't Gone to Copenhagen

"Olympic Defeat for (Elitist) Obama, Too Busy with Washington Politics to Go the Last Mile for his own Home Town"

Yeah, I know, just stating the obvious.

Message to Rep. Alan Grayson (FL-08): Thank you for speaking the truth, and don't you dare apologize!

Congressman Alan Grayson (FL-08) on Kos:

"My speech has been replayed on CNN, Redstate, Huffington Post, etc, and mainstream media pundits are saying that I'm the Democratic Joe Wilson.  Of course, unlike Joe Wilson, I wasn't rude to the President. Unlike Joe Wilson, I didn't break a rule of the House. And unlike Joe Wilson, I actually told the truth.  Every single year, over forty-four thousand people in America die because they don't have health insurance.  Read this Harvard study.  That is the plain truth."

Read the rest...

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