He's got those sixty votes, you see. And he's impatient. Impatient of the way that people are still getting in the way of his shepherding of a health care plan that neither him nor his will ever have to use.
One of the leading Senate Democrats in the health care reform battle said that the seating of Al Franken has given the party the purpose and direction it needs to ensure that a public option for insurance coverage remains in any bill.
"If you did a consensus within the Democratic Party, you would find the level-playing-field public option to be the answer," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "And now that we have 60 votes, it seems to me like we don't have to turn it inside out for something we don't like."
Well, that's certainly blunt enough; so, shall we get on with it then, Senators?
That would be Senators Bayh, Bennett, Gillibrand, Lincoln, and Specter, mind you. After all, none of you are scared of taking a firm position on an issue that's splitting the country right down the middle, are you?
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Crossposted to Moe Lane.