by Ben Cohen
Glenn Greenwald spells out why the Democrats must get their act together on the public option and stop compromising with the idiotic Right:
Over the past decade, theDemocratic Party has specialized in
offering up one excuse after the next for its collective failures.
During the early Bush years, the excuse was that they endorsed Bush
policies because his popularity and post-9/11 hysteria made it
politically unwise to oppose him. In later Bush years when his
popularity plummeted, the excuse was that Democrats were in the
minority and could do nothing. After 2006 when they won a
Congressional majority, the excuse was that Bush still controlled
theWhite House and had veto power. After 2008 when a Democrat won
theWhite House, the excuse was that Republicans could filibuster.
that they have a filibuster-proof majority, a huge margin in the House
and theWhite House, the excuses continue unabated, as Democrats are
now on the verge of jettisoning one of the most significant attractions
for progressives to the Obama campaign -- active government involvement
in the health insurance market.The excuses for "compromising"are
cascading more rapidly than ever.
If we do have a situation where the public option is negotiated away by the Democrats for no good reason, it is probably time to start building another political party capable of threatening the status quo. The public insurance option is the line in the sand that serious progressives have drawn, and they must be willing to withdraw support from the President should he cross it.