The Washington Post reports in passing that “Rockefeller and other proponents of a public insurance option say they will fight to add the provision on the Senate floor or in negotiations with the House, which appears to have the votes for it.” That sounds a lot like an admission by Rockefeller and other libs that the “public option” may not be in the bill that goes to the Senate floor — and that the Senate may not be able to pass a bill with the “public option.”

At the Wall Street Journal, Stephen Moore reports that Senate Republicans are now suggesting a “pre-conference agreement” that would instruct conferees not to impose a public option as part of any House-Senate conference agreement. Senate Dems are operating on a thin margin that gives the GOP some leverage in the process, so it may be that everyone should take “news” leaked by the Dems in light of their need to establish bargaining positions.