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Lesson: They’ll cave for the GOP. They’ll also cave for us.

Posted by Charles II on July 10, 2009

There’s nothing mysterious about the Blue Dogs. They’re opportunists, people who love the high salaries and great bennies of working in Washington. If you want to get their vote, threaten to upset their happy little nirvana by facing a primary. That’s the lesson to be learned from this one. From Brian Beutler of TPM:

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)–a key Democratic hold out on the question of a public option–is starting to cave. In an op-ed in today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Lincoln echoes the party line–“Health care reform must build upon what works and improve inefficiencies”–then breaks with her old position: 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 as those of a public plan.

We’d rather they were Democrats by nature, but if they can be beaten into shape, they’ll do.

2 Responses to “Lesson: They’ll cave for the GOP. They’ll also cave for us.”

  1. Egggszacktly.

    Oh, and as for those progressive but spineless Dems who try to weasel out of refusing to vote for anything that doesn’t have a public option: As Jane points out, the Blue Dogs didn’t need to see any legislation before they started drawing their lines in the sand, on this or on abortion.

  2. Jo6pac said

    What ever works is fine with and if they get lost vote them out.

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