Ten Progressive Senators are Enough
by BruceMcF, Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 07:15:07 AM EDT
Crossposted from Congress Matters
The White House has said it will do anything to "get a win".
Clearly, there are several Democratic Senators who will vote no, even if they vote for cloture.
Which means that with 50+ Congressmen willing to stand firm for the Public Option, it only requires 10 Senators willing to stand firm for the public option to force the President to go all in for the Public Option.
My Senator Sherrod Brown sounds like he's close.
Let me stress enough "for what".
Enough to force the White House to go all in for the Public Option. Enough to make it a straight up fight. Enough to get something that is workable if it passes and the basis for a successful mid-term election campaign against the Do-Nothing Republicans if it fails.
Not "enough to guarantee victory", of course ... as noted yesterday on Countdown, the easy 80/20 issues have all been done, the remaining issues are hard 45:45 10% undecided issues. No matter how good or bad the bill, there is nothing that can guarantee victory: its a fight that needs to be fought, win or lose.