Not a shock given the Pretty Vicious Rants and Important Action Alerts emanating from Nutrootsville these days, but if Sanders, Burris, or Feingold need an extra nudge to vote no, this might do it.
But it’s not too late to fix the bill. And as Joe Lieberman has shown, just one senator willing to stand in the way can force legislation to be changed dramatically.
Senator Bernie Sanders, a strong proponent of the public option, has already made clear that he’s opposed to the legislation in its current form—and he could decide to block it until it’s fixed.3
But there’s enormous pressure from all sides to pass a bill quickly, no matter how weak it is. Let’s show Bernie and other progressives that we’re counting on them to block this version of the bill—and we’ll get their backs if they do.
Can you sign our petition opposing the current Senate health care bill? Clicking here will add your name:
Be sure to follow the link and sign, my fellow progressives. Or better yet, start calling liberal senators and be sure to mention this poll to the aide you speak with. Sure, the data’s bogus insofar as polling on the public option is horribly compromised, but we’re at the “any weapon to hand” point here. By my count, there are five Democrats who are undecided: Nelson, the three named above, and Jim Webb, although the only one who’s explicitly threatening a no on cloture rather than the final bill is Nelson. Meanwhile, Reid’s margin of error if he wants this done by Christmas can, quite seriously, be measured in … hours.
Here’s MoveOn’s attack ad about Lieberman, which is dumb but creative and worth watching for the impersonation of Joementum. I’ll leave you with one more poll: According to PPP, Republicans who are angry with their leadership still plan to vote GOP next year by a margin of 77/12. Democrats who are angry with their party? Just 54/38. Help them, George W. Bush, you’re their only hope!