The veal pen is trying to claim that their "Opt-Out Sell-Out" is necessary because it’s the only way to pick up 60 votes in the Senate needed to pass a health care bill. (I guess the role of trigger pimp got boring.)
The underlying assumption here is that members of the Democratic caucus will join with Republicans to filibuster a bill and keep it from coming to the floor.
That is a historically unprecedented event.
When a party has had enough votes to end a filibuster on its own, we have not been able to find a single time in history where members have joined with the opposition party to filibuster a bill.
So who is the Senator willing to stand up and say they will take this unprecedented move, betray the President, the Senate leadership and their own caucus, and do this? Who is willing to say they are going to make history?
Not Joe Lieberman, because Mike Stark asked him two days ago:
Mike Stark: But now you’re standing against a public option. Will you join with the Republicans in filibustering if it comes to that?
Joe Lieberman: I’m not sure. But I haven’t changed. People around me have changed. I haven’t decided that yet.
So the HELP committee bill in the Senate has a public option. Harry Reid is responsible for deciding whether or not a public option goes in the final bill. Reid says that he wants the White House to make that choice, and that there will be a public option in whatever bill passes the Senate. The White House is floating the story that Obama is pushing for a public option behind the scenes. But it’s his choice. If the President wants one to be there, it’ll be there.
But somehow the veal pen has now decided to intercede, claiming the public option needs to be watered down in a way that makes the insurance industry oh-so-happy in order to get the 60 votes needed for cloture.
So, veal pen, here’s your challenge: put up or shut up. Before you destroy everything we’ve worked for, who is your Senator willing to make history? And why are you working so hard to get them off the hook?
Come on. Tell us who they are. Pick those White House cocktail weenie skins from between your teeth and spit it out. I’m sure historians aren’t the only ones who would like to have the benefit of this special, secret insight that you have gained from your — what is it called again? Oh yes. "Seat at the table."