Reid Defies White House! Will Move Ahead with PO!!!
by LordMike, Fri Oct 23, 2009 at 10:42:51 PM EDT
It seems that Harry may have recovered from the spine flu. As of now, he's defying the white house and going ahead with the Public Option Opt-Out plan in the Senate:
"He's knows what he's doing is a gamble," Reid spokesman Jim Manley said. "But more and more, he's convinced it's the right thing to do."
Maybe Harry's recovered from his spine flu? More on the flip...
Let's hope he knows what he's doing. He's never had to lead before today. I actually think that his loss on the Doctor Fix pushed him towards this decision. The GOP lied to him about the votes to make him look bad It's clear that even Ms. Snowe cannot be trusted to act in good faith in the end. I'm glad he's doing the right thing, but it's still scary as heck. He's never, ever had to make tough leadership decisions before.
Back in 2007, the Cleveland Indians were facing the Yankees in a critical game 3 of the best of five Division Series. The pitcher next up in the rotation was Paul Byrd. Indians fans were horrified. Paul Byrd had a 6.00 Earned Run Average during the regular season, and had an ERA closer to 10.00 against the Yankees. This seemed like a horrible pick! In addition, being an old junkball pitcher, his style was to, "Let the batter put the ball into play." Letting Yankee batters put the ball into play generally results in bad things... Most Tribe fans presumed that this would be a horrible loss, but a bunch of MLB players said that Byrd was the best guy for the job 'cos he knew how to pitch under pressure.
Byrd won.. convincingly...
Can Harry Reid be another Paul Byrd? Time will tell! If he does manage to pull this off, I think we need to really have his back, donate, and pull out all the stops at Netroots Nation in Vegas next year... If he can make it happen when it is most likely to count right now, then he will be much stronger in the months ahead as well.
Godspeed Harry Reid! (I never thought I'd ever say that!)