Can Burris say no?
by Jerome Armstrong, Tue Dec 15, 2009 at 01:48:52 PM EST
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!