You contrast that, with someone like Joe Trippi, who would be having lightbulbs go off in his head at the description of the online potential above I mentioned, and I am not at all surprised that South is being begged to leave the campaign premises by the bloggers.
Let me repeat so we're clear. The fixes to the Senate healthcare bill can pass both houses, BEFORE the House passes the Senate bill. So no one needs to "trust the House of Lords" to approve fixes to the Senate bill "later," because there need not be any "later." The House can pass the amendments FIRST, then the Senate bill.
That is the whole point of the diary. The fixes "can" be passed first, and so you'd have to be a total fool to be one of the people pushing for the fixes to be passed at a later date.
On July 12, the Op-Ed page published an article by Jonathan Gruber, a professor of economics at M.I.T., on health insurance and taxation. On Friday, Professor Gruber confirmed reports that he is a paid consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services, and that his contract was in effect when he published his article. The article did not disclose this relationship to readers.
Like other writers for the Op-Ed page, Professor Gruber signed a contract that obligated him to tell editors of such a relationship. Had editors been aware of Professor Gruber’s government ties, the Op-Ed page would have insisted on disclosure or not published his article.
I. You can disagree with my analysis of enthusiams from the base, but the poll numbers on turnout among Democrats as a whole are very troubling. And I didn't even get into the money side, where small dollar donations going to be low while it makes sense for unions to not spend any money in general election fights this year.
II. Healthcare reform has been tough historically. But Obama campaigned on popular health care reform. That's why he bashed Clinton on mandates and McCain with taxing benefits. Now, because of his lack of leadership, he's exposing Democrats to the same attacks Obama's campaign team decided were effective enough to invest a lot of money in pushing.