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Bowers: So now that the sausage really IS shit, do feel free to oppose it on policy grounds

Now he tells us:

I strongly recommend to anyone who does work to defeat this bill make their calculations based entirely on policy, rather than on politics.

Just one question:

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Dean: Kill Senate bill, go for reconciliation

Plum Line:

Dean said the removal of the Medicare buy-in made the bill not worth supporting, and urged Dem leaders to start over with the process of reconciliation in the interview, which is set to air at 5:50 PM today on Vermont Public Radio, political reporter Bob Kinzel confirms to me.

“This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate. Honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill.”

"Grow up"

ALL CAPS

Over at Big Orange:

THERE WERE ALWAYS 51 VOTES. IF YOU'RE GOING TO SIT THERE AND TELL ME THAT THE REPUBLICANS CAN USE RECONCILIATION TO PASS GOD DAMN TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH, BUT DEMOCRATS DON'T HAVE THE COURAGE TO USE IT TO PASS MEANINGFUL, BENEFICIAL HEALTH COVERAGE REFORM, THEN YOU BETTER BELIEVE BY GOD I'M GOING TO STAY HOME IN NOVEMBER 2010.

The math hasn't changed for at least a year.... Read more about ALL CAPS

Ah, memories

Well, relitigating the primaries isn't always bad

Some bill, any bill

Senate Democrats Likely to Drop Medicare Expansion

Pass whatever helps people right away. Bag the rest. Bag the exchanges. Bag the mandate. Bag taxing what the unions won with bargaining. Bag all the 2014 stuff. Bag IMAC. Pass a clean bill and declare victory. Reboot in January, and have a truly open process that includes all policy perspectives. Read more about Some bill, any bill

Indeed, the serenity prayer

Don't read this if your diabetes is acting up.

Or drink it. Read more about Indeed, the serenity prayer

Making "Cash for caulkers" work

Make it work just like its name.

Not "tax credits for caulkers."

Not "rebates for caulkers."

Cash for caulkers.

Do they want that money spent right away, or not? Read more about Making "Cash for caulkers" work

"I'm pretty darn lefty..."

Developing nations walk out at Copenhagen

Seems that abandoning Kyoto doesn't meet with universal approval.

Yet another Bush policy reinforced. That's odd. Read more about Developing nations walk out at Copenhagen

"Just call me James"

Read the whole story.

Something for anyone who's doing some freelance work to consider. Read more about "Just call me James"

Hospital cleaners are worth more than banksters

Yves. Go read.

Not only are the banksters thieves, they're stupid and inefficient thieves. No wonder the legacy parties like them so much. Read more about Hospital cleaners are worth more than banksters

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