The House's third-ranking Democrat said Sunday that he can support a healthcare reform bill without a public option.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) -- a proponent of a government-run public plan -- said that he could back the bill as long as it creates more choice and competition in the insurance industry and reduces costs. "It's of no consequence" whether it's done via the public option or not.
(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) Translation: House Democrats are going to abandon the public option. Ignore the nonsense about more choice and reduced costs: that's for the rubes and the netroots. They went with the #3 House Democrat to make the announcement because both Pelosi and Hoyer want to appear to be reluctantly going along with this, instead of enthusiastically: if the endgame ends up reminding you of their FISA 'capitulation,' well, there's a reason for that. Anyway, this is probably back on track for being settled by the State of the Union address. In fact, they're probably right now working out how many liberal House members can vote 'no' on the bill and still get it to pass.
I'd be offended at the Democratic leadership's upcoming betrayal of their own (loudly stated) principles, if only I believed that they had them in the first place. As I didn't and don't, the best that I can muster is a slightly cynical moue of distaste. And that's only because I've never gotten to use the word 'moue' in a post before.
PS: The final language on federal funding on abortion will be at whatever point between Stupak's and the Senate's version that will cause the NRLC to stop threatening to score the final vote. If that call hasn't been made yet, it will be.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.