Congress

Wrong Side of History

Oct
15

Encouraging words from Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on the likelihood of Senate Blue Dogs killing the Senate bill because it contains a public option:

"No Democrat wants to be on the wrong side of history and vote on a procedural vote to kill the most important domestic vote of their careers," Brown said.

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Ted Kennedy's Farewell Letter to Obama

Sep
10

Ted Kennedy's letter to Obama:

May 12, 2009

Dear Mr. President,

I wanted to write a few final words to you to express my gratitude for your repeated personal kindnesses to me – and one last time, to salute your leadership in giving our country back its future and its truth.

On a personal level, you and Michelle reached out to Vicki, to our family and me in so many different ways. You helped to make these difficult months a happy time in my life.

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Anything for (real) Health Care Reform

Aug
27

We need someone to fill the open seat vacated by the death of Sen. Kennedy and we need someone quickly. And it looks like Massachusetts may come riding to the rescue.

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Senator Ted Kennedy, RIP

Aug
26

Ted Kennedy at the Democratic Convtention

Here's what I wrote in November:

I hope every adult in this country points their kids to Senator Kennedy as one of the most positive examples we have of one man's commitment to the public good.

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Turn Up the Screws on the Blue Dogs

Jul
19

There's an important difference between Blue Dogs and the rest of us: Universal Health Care isn't necessarily part of their agenda; it's most definitely part of ours.

Blue Dogs can afford to wait around hoping for something less earthshaking to come up. They can even afford to risk not getting anything at all.

It's the rest of us who are going to get screwed.

So turning up the heat on them makes a whole lot of sense. Here's what Mark Kleiman recommends:

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'Gang of Six' Trying to Hijack Health Care Reform

Jul
17

From TPM:

Six key Senate Centrists--Ben Nelson (D-NE), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Ron Wyden (D-OR)--are asking Democratic and Republican leaders to slow down the pace of health care reform efforts.

From the same crowd, Wyden excepted, who gave us Sam Alito.

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Open Seat in Illinois

Jul
09

Disaster averted: Burris bows out.

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Formerly Unknown Lobby for Health Care Cooperatives Finally Rears Head on CBS's 'Face the Nation'

Jul
05

I found this discussion between Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Schumer (D-NY) on CBS's Face the Nation truly bizarre.

Most of the segment was spent discussing health care in the usual superficial, made-for-tv way with a handful of talking points and the obligatory promise of "bipartisanship". I felt dumber after watching the thing than before.

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