John Brummett analyzes the tactics of Sen. Harry Reid to include a public option in the senate health care bill, a move that is helping to paint Sen. Blanche Lincoln into a corner.
Reid wants the centrists to say they dare not stand with Republicans as obstructionists simply to moving the process along, regardless of how they feel about any particulars in the bill.
Somebody else might get away with that transparent finesse. Pryor might, actually, because he’s not on the ballot again for five years, a couple of eons in electoral politics.
Blanche can’t. She’s on the ballot now. Emotions rage on health care now. Frustration with her mushy, convoluted evasiveness grows now.
It sure would be nice if Democrats would just act like Democrats. Pryor said yesterday that he was not “philosophically opposed” to a public option, but it’s still unclear as to whether he will support Reid’s bill.