Reid Defies White House! Will Move Ahead with PO!!!

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:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con tent/article/2009/10/23/AR2009102304081. html?hpid=topnews

"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!)

Tags: health care reform, obama, Public Option, Reid (all tags)

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16 Comments

Re: Reid Defies White House! ....

Your Diary title is interesting, but if I were asked asked, I'd always prefer the WH's sourced statements over WAPO's unsourced speculation.

From TPM:

"They [in the WH] are skeptical of opt out and are generally deferential to the Snowe strategy that involves the trigger," said one source close to negotiations between the Senate and the White House. "they're certainly not calming moderates' concerns on opt out."

And...

Late update: In response to this report, White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer issued the following statement. "The report is false. The White House continues to work with the Senate on the merging of the two bills. We are making good progress toward enacting comprehensive health reform."

I will remind the Obama skeptics that there is such a thing as 'healthy skepticism' and there is the 'knee-jerk doubt' which always accepts as true any report which vilifies the President and casts doubt on his motives and intentions.

We are so close to watching the gloom-and-doomers eat crow, that I'll just have to leave it at that for now.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/ 10/sources-white-house-pushing-back-agai nst-senate-public-option-opt-out-comprom ise.php?ref=mp

by QTG 2009-10-24 03:23AM | 0 recs
Correct, QTG, and from what I've read...

...the "problem" Obama had with Reid putting the public option in the merged Senate bill was nothing more than skepticism that Reid could garner 60 votes.  The White House belief, a reasonable one, is that all Republicans and a few Democrats will deny cloture on a bill with a public option.  They might be wrong, Reid might be able to game it to get 60 on cloture, but it's a reasonable skepticism.

Being skeptical Reid can get 60 votes is far removed from not wanting the public option as a matter of substance.  Obama and everyone in the White House wants the public option as good policy.  They just don't know if they can get the votes in the Senate for it.

by DCCyclone 2009-10-24 06:16PM | 0 recs
Re: You are correct, Sir

The stuff people panic over never ceases to amaze me. (Everyday is hair-on-fire day here, even on slow days like today.)

by QTG 2009-10-24 06:35PM | 0 recs
Name a source or skip the gossip.

I never thought we'd ever find something less reliable than the "unnamed source".

That was, until WaPo brings us the "multiple unnamed sources"!

Unnamed Source = garbage.

by NoFortunateSon 2009-10-24 10:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Reid Defies White House! Will Move Ahead with

We shall see. Reid has a habit of saying he will fight only to retrench days later.

by bruh3 2009-10-24 04:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Reid Defies White House!

I honestly have no clue at this point whether this is really contrary to the White House's wishes or not.  But if Reid has decided this is his best move to get reelected, that makes me happy on many levels.

by Steve M 2009-10-24 05:52AM | 0 recs
another road to cloture

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http://www.actblue.com/page/obamafight

by obsessed 2009-10-24 02:59PM | 0 recs
Just sayin'

Actually, it was Game 4.  Byrd pitched 5 1/3, allowing 8 hits and a Cano dinger for 2 runs.  Cleveland then went on to lose the ALCS to to the Red Sox.

There's no 'I' in 'TEAM'.  

by fogiv 2009-10-24 05:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Just sayin'

Like I said, you add nothing.

by bruh3 2009-10-25 05:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Just sayin'

Actually, if you weren't such a pathetic moron, you'd recognize that my comment pertains directly to the diary in that it addresses the sports analogy employed by the diarist and, in point of fact, expands on it.  I'd also add that the diarist himself has mojo'd the comment.

In other words:  go fuck yourself, meathead.

by fogiv 2009-10-25 08:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Just sayin'

Each time you post you reinforce that you add nothing.

by bruh3 2009-10-25 08:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Just sayin'

Everytime you try to get the last word, it generally signals to all with IQs above 11 that you're even more wrong than you usually are.

By all means, continue.

by fogiv 2009-10-25 09:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Just sayin'

I am not trying to get the last word. After this comment post as many times as you want. The point is pretty simple. You and dedicated number of people are here for pep rallies. You add nothing of substance overall to any exchange even when you support the diarist writing. Can you list one diary you have written here that actually touches on an issue or better yet a set of comments that discusses policies and how you think they should be handled that does not amount to ditto what Obama is doin? I can not think of one by you that reaches for anything beyond what you just posted. Some nasty barb that says nothing or some joke you are telling. This is not PerezHilton's  site, but to read your post one would not know that.

by bruh3 2009-10-25 06:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Just sayin'

Umm, every diary I've ever written here has touched on an issue.  Every single one.    

For the longest while, it's been sort of funny to read your constant assumption based blatherings and your contemptuous lies and generalizations about anyone who ever disagreed with you, much less had a positive thing to say about the President.  It's no longer funny.  You're obviously troubled, and I feel sorry for you.

by fogiv 2009-10-25 08:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Just sayin'

As the nation's First Sportsfan I must say that this is correct.  But I'll go out on a limb here and suggest that such harsh language won't help you to build bipartisan support.  Try to reach out a little more and you'll be amazed at just how much you and this other commenter have in common.

Sorry for my many failures,

Me.

by I am Barack 2009-10-25 05:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Just sayin'

There is no rainbow without the rain.

by QTG 2009-10-25 07:10AM | 0 recs

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