Blanche Lincoln's website says she supports the public option

by: Chris Bowers

Sat Nov 21, 2009 at 21:20

(Via Wonkroom) Not only did Blanche Lincoln sign a document stating that she supported the public option, according to her Senate website, she is still cool with the public option:

Health care reform must build upon what works and improve inefficiencies.  Individuals should be able to choose from a range of quality health insurance plans.  Options should include private plans as well as a quality, affordable public plan or non-profit plan that can accomplish the same goals of a public plan.

And here's a screenshot:

Blanche Lincoln is a liar.  She signs a document stating that she supports the public option.  Her website says that she would be fine with a public option.  And then she does on the floor of the Senate, and promises to filibuster any bill with a public option.

There is still a real possibility that Lincoln could face a high-profile primary challenge next year.  The challenger won't be a great progressive, but would still be an improvement over the lying Blanche Lincoln.  Further, Arkansas remains a Democratic state at all but the Presidential level, and so that primary challenger might very well have a better chance in the general election than Lincoln.

Let's hope that primary challenge starts sooner, rather than later.  Blanche Lincoln is a lair, and needs to be removed from office.

This is also an open thread on the health care vote tonight, which passed 60-39.  Senator Voinovich of Ohio did not attend.  

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Menendez (0.00 / 0)
Menendez's speech and a post-vote statement are at Blue Jersey:

New Jersey politics at Blue Jersey.

Menendez: "this vote laid bare who is for change and who is for more of the same at any cost." (4.00 / 6)
Let's take a trip down memory lane. The place: Senate Finance Committee, 9/24/2009. The subject: A Democratic amendment to extract an additional $85 billion from PhRMA (analysis shows the White House's $80 billion deal actually results in Pharma receiving $25 billion more from taxpayers). The vote: The amendment fails by two votes. Menendez (D-Merck)-NO.

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a primary opponent for lincoln could have done a lot (4.00 / 4)
see specter/sestak

I'm done with these assholes. (4.00 / 1)
I'm ready to write it off.  A shitty bill is not better than nothing at all. We'll never get anywhere until we're ready to bring the pain. Stand in the way of help for the middle class? You're done. We're going to replace you, and we don't care if it's with a Republican, because if you're going to filibuster a public option, what good are you? You're worth about as much as a pie full of fire ants.

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Then you really haven't read the bill. (0.00 / 0)
Read the bill and stop being a Sheeple.    There are some good things in there.  To ditch those would be extremely stupid and detrimental to the party.

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Really? (0.00 / 0)
I'm self-employed. My premiums are outrageous. Is this bill going to raise or lower my premiums?

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re: bill (0.00 / 0)
There are some good things in there.  

yes there are

would there be anything left after joe & co. are done though?

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Wait, doesn't that say she'd support co-ops instead of PO? (4.00 / 2)
as well as a quality, affordable public plan or non-profit plan that can accomplish the same goals of a public plan.

I mean, it's impossible to reconcile that statement with a "principled" opposition to the PO, but it falls far short of a promise to support a PO.

arkansas... (0.00 / 0)
will perhaps go the way of Mississippi and Alabama. National elections (POTUS and U.S. senate) will swing to the GOP while local will stay in Democratic hands.  

Since the ONLY kind of Democrats which exist (0.00 / 0)
outside of DLC-ish sell outs are barely articulate policy wonks who can't run a hot dog stand ...

instead of Democrats FIGHTING the pig takers at the top for the bottom 80 or 90% of us ... who ain't pig takers at the top - cuz we're in the bottom 80+++%

... I suppose that all we can expect is a less odious sell out, cuz, that is what is REALITY ...



It is too full o' the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way

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Alan Grayson Clone (4.00 / 6)
Maybe we'll luck out and get an Alan Greyson clone that can run against Blanche.

As you may have noticed from all my comments, I'm all for the Democrats getting seriously into in-your-face Democratic populism.  It doesn't take a genius to figure out how the Republicans are going to run in 2010, and it pisses me off that we're not taking the high ground on this maneuver right now.

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Yes, well, clearly there is an abundance of former Scalia-law clerks (0.00 / 0)
worth over $30 million who are phenomenal progressive salespeople. That should be like cake to find. And, of course, especially in Arkansas.


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If we can get the "phenomenal progressive salespeople" (0.00 / 0)
we probably don't need to worry about which SC justice they used to clerk for.

I suspect there are plenty of people who could take the role of a Grayson out there (maybe not as well, but well enough.) The issue is finding, cultivating and supporting those potentials - and continuing to make the case that that is the way to win, as opposed to warmed over Rahmism.  

Given the state of the economy, the raised expectations from the 2008 election and the Democratic trifecta, and the increasingly important Latino vote, the old approach would be disastrous electorally for the Dems.  Unfortunately, they cannot be counted upon to act in their own self-interest concerning winning elections.

Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.

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I don't think Lincoln promised to filibuster. (4.00 / 2)
She said something about voting not to advance the bill, which could mean many things. All her corporate backers care about is that she keeps the Ag Committee chair. This gives Reid and the White House total control over her, should they be willing to use it.

Letters (4.00 / 4)
We need letters and emails and faxes asking her why she said she would and is going back on her word now.   Especially from Arkansas people.

Voinovich (4.00 / 1)
Interesting that Voinovich missed the vote. I wonder if this will add to rumors his HCR vote might quietly be in play.

Self-refuting Christine O'Donnell is proof monkeys are still evolving into humans

Voinovich (0.00 / 0)
Is there any evidence besides this absence (and besides the fact that he is retiring) fueling these rumors?

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As governor, he promoted health care reform in his state... (4.00 / 3)
Tried to implement a system like Tenn-care (before they gutted that), but had to kill his plan when congress cut medicaid funding.

But, that was the younger Voinovich.  Nowadays, he's seems to be more of a cranky, bitter old man who seems happy to be remembered as an obstructionist instead of creating a legacy of reform.  

I could be wrong... People are working on him, I know... If Snowe and Collins get onboard, then it's possible he might tag along, but he's the third likeliest to do so...

REID: Voting against us was never part of our arrangement!
SPECTER: I am altering the deal! Pray I don't alter it any further!
REID: This deal keeps getting worse all the time!

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Explanation for missing vote (4.00 / 1)

The missing vote was Ohio Republican George Voinovich, an opponent of the bill who announced that he would skip the vote for a thirtieth anniversary celebration of his election as Cleveland mayor.

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My goodness (0.00 / 0)
A thirtieth anniversary celebration of his election as Cleveland mayor?!  Was that election really a momentous occasion worth having a celebration for?

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Progressive Block 2.0 (0.00 / 0)
Is it time for a line chiseled into the bedrock?  

Burrismentum? (4.00 / 1)
From the liberal end, Burris repeated a threat made earlier that if the public option was taken out, he's gone. "I won't vote for it," he said.

"You'll lose people on the left," confirmed (Sherrod) Brown.

Self-refuting Christine O'Donnell is proof monkeys are still evolving into humans

hey where did u get that? (0.00 / 0)
hey what article is this burris and brown quote from? great stuff

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Uh, arty, you know how to google, dont you? (0.00 / 0)
You put part of the quote into the text window of google and press "return"...


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It's difficult to see but... (0.00 / 0)
There was a hyperlink embedded at: Burris repeated a threat.  If you "mouse over" it's more visible.

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Yep, one thing OL ought to improve!! n/t (0.00 / 0)

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unfortunately, a triggerred-po is still a po... (0.00 / 0)

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I should clarify (0.00 / 0)
unfortunately, a triggerred-po probably is still a po in burris mind

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Also, it's not clear if Burris meant (0.00 / 0)
he would only vote against it on final passage, or if he would take the additional step of voting no on cloture and sustaining a filibuster.

The filibuster vote would be worth a lot more than the passage vote.

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Not just a primary challenge (0.00 / 0)
Arkansas' Green Party has had some good showings in the past. Granted, some of that might be due to the generally uncompetitive nature of federal elections there, but there's obviously a degree of willingness to vote third party.

A Green candidate wouldn't win, but with a strong Republican challenge likely, a well-funded challenge from the left with some form of institutional support would leave her with next to no path to victory.

Of course, if we went through with that and she didn't fold, the Republicans take the seat, but at least they're honest about being corrupt corporatist bastards.

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Sen Landrieu's $300 million bonus (0.00 / 0)
I caught the final part of Sen Landrieu's floor speech on C-span radiio. It's available on the Floor Speeches hub, as well as in a transcript on her website.

After requesting additional minutes a couple of times, she closed with this:

Our State is still as poor as it was, if not poorer as a consequence of those devastating storms. I am not going to be defensive about asking for help in this situation. It is not a $100 million fix, it is a nearly $300 million fix. It is the No. 1 request of my Governor who is a Republican. He explicitly asked that I pursue these funds. It is unanimously supported by every Member of our delegation, Democratic and Republican. I am proud to have asked for it. I am proud to have fought for it. I will continue to. But that is not the reason I am moving to debate.

And yet, according to Ryan Grim's article above, Majority Leader Reid not only hugged her after the vote was finished, he kissed her on the hand!


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