Thanks to The Last Word substitute host (take all the time you need, Lawrence) Chris Hayes, Washington Editor of The Nation, we have the first hard pledge not to vote for a package with cuts to Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, from the co-chair of the Progressive Caucus.
CLH: Finally, since it’s gonna come down to a squeaker, I think, in the House, if and when there’s a deal that’s struck, it seems — if you do the math — the Progressive Caucus is going to have genuine leverage here. And the reason is that they are going to need Democratic votes to get this passed. Will you pledge that you and your colleagues in the Progressive Caucus will not vote for a package that includes cuts to Medicare, Social Security, and/or Medicaid?
Keith Ellison (D-MN): Yes. [pause] Full stop.
I’m calling this pledge the Progressive Caucus People’s Pledge. While it deserves a version number (3.0? — remember the war supplemental and the public option?) let’s give Chairman Ellison the benefit of the doubt since he wasn’t in charge back then.
As of Friday, July 8, this pledge of Chairman Ellison’s on his own behalf and on behalf of his caucus is one day old.
UPDATE: Reiterated on Keith Olbermann’s CurrentTV Countdown: