Can Burris say no?

Here's Roland Burris, occupying the Senate seat once held by President Obama, on the Senate floor today:

"I am committed to voting for a bill that achieves the goals of a public option: competition, cost savings and accountability, I will not be able to vote for lesser legislation that ignores those fundamentals.

My colleagues may have forged a compromise bill that can achieve the 60 votes that will be needed for it to pass. But until this bill addresses cost, competition and accountability in a meaningful way, it will not win mine.

As Mohandas Gandhi once famously said, `All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender."

This guy's got nothing to lose, he loves the spotlight... too. So this is who we wind up in bed with to fight Lieberman. Oh irony!

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Re: Can Burris say no?

I guess we can blame Obama for Burris, too, since he surrendered the seat. There seem to be enough "principled votes" to perhaps force the pragmatists to consider reconciliation....

Gandhi? Give me a break, Roland.

by QTG 2009-12-15 01:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Can Burris say no?

LOLZ...

by vecky 2009-12-15 03:23PM | 0 recs
would he back a filibuster?

Because if he wouldn't, it makes no difference if he votes against the bill.

by desmoinesdem 2009-12-15 02:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Can Burris say no?

If he wanted a legacy, this would be the way to do it.

by bruh3 2009-12-15 03:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Can Burris say no?

Oh, I hope he can. When he was being vilified I took some flack on a couple of sites for defending him. I will be proud and happy if he throws health care reform into the 2010 election. Quick, try to name someone who has lost an election running on universal health care. Defeating this shit is the best hope for the Democratic party.

by johnmorris 2009-12-15 04:59PM | 0 recs
Really?

Quick, try to name someone who has lost an election running on universal health care.

Adlai Stevenson
Hubert Humphrey
George McGovern
Jimmy Carter
Ted Kennedy
Walter Mondale
Gary Hart
Michael Dukakis
Al Gore
John Kerry

and that's only on the national level.

by ND22 2009-12-15 05:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Really?

Let's not forget all those who ran on Universal Health Care but never got it -

Truman
Kennedy
Johnson
Clinton

by vecky 2009-12-15 06:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Can Burris say no?

I agree with you Vecky. Thanks for the insight guys.

by americanfridge 2009-12-15 10:32PM | 0 recs

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