Oct 28 2009
As I noted when Sen Snowe allowed the health care bill in the Senate Finance Committee to pass the centrists now control the path of the health care debate, and they are rising up in opposition to government rationed health care (a.k.a., the “public option”).
And not just any centrists but one who makes liberals see red: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who said Tuesday that heâ€™d back a GOP attempt to block the bill from moving to final passage.
Liebermanâ€™s comments dealt a major setback to Reidâ€™s push to pass a bill with a public insurance option, so much so that other Senate Democrats â€” notably Delaware Sen. Tom Carper â€” were already sketching out a Plan B to get the votes, most likely through a more watered-down version of the public option.
It wasnâ€™t just Lieberman. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), who faces a tough reelection, said Tuesday she was reluctant to sign on with Reidâ€™s plan, too. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) wonâ€™t give any answer until he sees the final language.
It is well past time the Political Industrial Complex (both sides) in DC figure out which group will guide this country into the future. It will not be the far left or the far right. It will be us in the center who do not want extreme solutions and do not appreciate being vilified for being willing to discuss more reasonable options.
For example, Laura Ingraham has demeaning and arrogant effort going called ‘adopt a moderate‘, like centrists need guidance from the fringe? How about just respecting centrists who don’t hold extreme or fringe views? How about just getting rid of the personal insults when you disagree. How about ‘adopting professional respect’ for diverse views?
Classic example of an insulting misstep from ‘true conservatives’. Obamacare is falling apart and they still don’t engender much confidence as a viable political option.