Actually, it’s just Kyl who’s shouting. I wonder if this is (a) anger fueled by his secret right-wing racism towards Barack Obama, (b) frustration at having to suppress his homicidal conservative urges, or (c) a combination of the two. I’m sure Maureen Dowd will tell us this weekend.

The new spin on the left, incidentally, is that the rift between Blue Dogs and progressives is healing and that the glorious boondoggle will be passed by Thanksgiving. Funny thing, though: The evidence seems to point the other way, with both sides dug in, hostile to Baucus’s compromise plan, and flirting with disaster in waiting until after the off-year election results in early November that might spook Blue Dogs even more. Why, it’s almost as if the Democratic grassroots is trying to will a bill into being by the sheer force of its spin, replete with inane poll interpretations in which they claim, in all seriousness, that Republicans will be the ones who suffer in the midterms if ObamaCare implodes. To borrow a phrase from a now-famous newsman: Keep f***ing that chicken, nutroots.

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