Begich Comes Out In Support Of A Public Option?

by: Chris Bowers

Mon Aug 31, 2009 at 14:58


Senator Mark Begich of Alaska was on a local radio program yesterday, durinng which he may have come out in favor of a public option. Check it out, via Alaska blog The Mudflats:

Here are parts of Begich's 40-minute stint on The Shannyn Moore Show on KBYR.  Senator Begich, his wife Deborah and their young son Jacob are currently in the middle of taking three weeks to drive cross-country from Alaska, all the way to Washington D.C.  He was in Minnesota when he called in to the show.

On the Public Option

(after Senator Begich lost his phone connection and called back)

Begich: I'm here, can you hear me?

Moore:  We're on the radio, so you just wave!

Begich:  I'm waving! I'm waving!

Moore: (laughs) I know you're waving... I hope you're raising your hand to support a public option.  I just really am.

Begich:  I am.

Not exactly the most straightforward way to come out in favor of a public option, but it still seems like Begich has jumped on board none the less.

Is this good enough to add him as a "yes" to column one on the whip count chart?

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Seems to be stretching it a bit (4.00 / 3)
but certainly warrants a call into his office to see what they say.

I agree (4.00 / 2)
This one needs a follow up.

I think he will end up being a yes in the end though.


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Trust but verify. (4.00 / 1)
He wont stand in the way publicly. Thats good, lets see how good, and whether he'll actually push too.

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Yep (4.00 / 1)
Unfortunately you can call up four different times, get four different people in the office, and get four different answers.

Sometimes it seems the more office staff these guys have, the more it is intentional just to try and obfuscate their positions.


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I think the entire blogosphere (4.00 / 7)
should announce the news in all caps, praise him and everything and then dare him to look like a waffler.

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Yep, should do. Magster is right about this tactic, now we need execution. (4.00 / 1)
That now requires a new group, or an old group accpting it as their respomnsibility. Democracy for America? StandwithDean? The Progressive Caucus? Someone here knows every signgle one of these groups well enough to get on the phone, so .. get on the phone. Magster is right about this tactic, now we need execution. It is exaclty the right thing to do.


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Too much wiggle room (4.00 / 1)
He could always say later that he didn't "hear" the public option part.  He only meant that he was waving his arm.  This is too peculiar of a way to come out in favor of a public option.  At least too much to count on his vote.

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I would (4.00 / 2)
count anyone in support of the PO who makes any public statement indicating support.

I see no reason to let someone off the hook.  He said he was for it; I would count him as for it.

Let him explain why he changed his position if he winds up not supporting it.


Yes - trust and verify!, but also, magster's point about (4.00 / 1)
I think the entire blogosphere   (4.00 / 3)
should announce the news in all caps, praise him and everything and then dare him to look like a waffler.
by: magster @ Mon Aug 31, 2009 at 15:17

Is the right thing to do. We MUST thank him, trump the victory, suggest money to be donated to his campaign, and offer a meeting, press help, an online discussion here or the satanic tangerine or wherever he wants to be celebrated.

Both.

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