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Shorter Harry Reid: Don’t Look at Me!

The White House is desperate to get someone to jettison the public option, but nobody wants the job.

Obama is personally calling Jay Rockefeller and twisting his arm to vote for the Baucus bill that doesn’t have a public option, even though NPR is reporting that he didn’t call a single ConservaDem and ask them to vote for one. Gregg Sargent reports that OFA materials say that the President still supports a public option, but it’s only a "small part" of a health care reform bill.

Obama doesn’t want the 10 point hit his poll numbers took when Kathleen Sibelius told the truth and said the public option might go bye-bye. He wants it gone, but doesn’t want to be the one to do it. Hence all the talk about the importance of Republican votes that aren’t needed.

Harry Reid looked like the man for the job — he was talking about co-ops and triggers like a good soldier, and it is his job to combine the Senate Finance Committee bill (which won’t have a public option) with the Senate HELP Committee bill (which does have a public option). But he’s got an election coming up in 2010, he’s losing badly to "generic GOP candidate," and he apparently doesn’t want the responsibility of pissing off 80% of the Democrats in the country by unilaterally deciding to scrap it from a Senate bill:

As the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, takes on the delicate task of melding two competing versions of major health care legislation, aides say he will lean heavily on President Obama to arbitrate a number of contentious issues that still threaten to divide liberal and centrist Democrats and derail a final bill.

You want it out of there, you’re going to have to do it yourself, Mr. President. And if that wasn’t clear enough, yesterday Reid changed his tune about the inclusion of the public option in a final Senate bill:

"We are going to have a public option before this bill goes to the president’s desk," Reid said in a conference call with constituents, referring to some kind of government plan.

I guess he remembers what the White House did to Chris Dodd when they didn’t want to own the backlash over the AIG bonuses. Dodd’s poll numbers still haven’t recovered.

Being Majority Leader is great, but you’ve got to be in the Senate to get the job.

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Shorter Harry Reid: Don’t Look at Me!

The White House is desperate to get someone to jettison the public option, but nobody wants the job. 

Obama is personally calling Jay Rockefeller and twisting his arm to vote for the Baucus bill that doesn’t have a public option, even though NPR is reporting that he didn’t call a single ConservaDem and ask them to vote for one.  Gregg Sargent reports that OFA materials say that the President still supports a public option, but it’s only a "small part" of a health care reform bill.

Obama doesn’t want the 10 point hit his poll numbers took when Kathleen Sebelius told the truth and said the public option might go bye-bye.  He wants it gone, but doesn’t want to be the one to do it.  Hence all the talk about the importance of Republican votes that aren’t needed.

Harry Reid looked like the man for the job — he was talking about co-ops and triggers like a good soldier, and it is his job to combine the Senate Finance Committee bill (which won’t have a public option) with the Senate HELP Committee bill (which does have a public option).  But he’s got an election coming up in 2010, he’s losing badly to "generic GOP candidate," and he apparently doesn’t want the responsibility of pissing off 80% of the Democrats in the country by unilaterally deciding to scrap it from a Senate bill

As the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, takes on the delicate task of melding two competing versions of major health care legislation, aides say he will lean heavily on President Obama to arbitrate a number of contentious issues that still threaten to divide liberal and centrist Democrats and derail a final bill.

You want it out of there, you’re going to have to do it yourself, Mr. President.  And if that wasn’t clear enough, yesterday Reid changed his tune about the inclusion of the public option in a final Senate bill:

"We are going to have a public option before this bill goes to the president’s desk," Reid said in a conference call with constituents, referring to some kind of government plan. 

I guess he remembers what the White House did to Chris Dodd when they didn’t want to own the backlash over the AIG bonuses.  Dodd’s poll numbers still haven’t recovered. 

Being Majority Leader is great, but you’ve got to be in the Senate to get the job.

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