Monday, August 17, 2009

Two takes on the chances for a "public option": Matt Taibbi & Howard Dean

Matt Taibbi says no:
Now, obviously (and this is will be explored in more detail in the forthcoming piece, which will be out this week), the public option was not a cure-all. In fact, the Democrats had in reality already managed to kill the public option by watering it down to the point of near-meaninglessness. But the notion that our president not only does not have any use anymore for a public option, but in fact “will be satisfied” if there is merely “choice and competition” in the market is, well, disgusting.

I’ll say this for George Bush: you’d never have caught him frantically negotiating against himself to take the meat out of a signature legislative initiative just because his approval ratings had a bad summer. Can you imagine Bush and Karl Rove allowing themselves to be paraded through Washington on a leash by some dimwit Republican Senator of a state with six people in it the way the Obama White House this summer is allowing Max Baucus (favorite son of the mighty state of Montana) to frog-march them to a one-term presidency?
Howard Dean, earlier on Morning Joe, says yes:

Me? I'm tired of speculating until at least the recess is over. I think a better use of my time would be searching for adorable kitten videos on YouTube.

[cross-posted at Rumproast]

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