-It’s alive! IT’S ALIVE!!!!
Yesterday, Senator Jeff Merkley was one of four U.S. Senators who co-authored a letter to the majority leader, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), arguing that the majority should use the budget reconciliation process to vote for a health care public option. The reconciliation process would require only 51 votes for passage; as part of the budget process, which cannot be filibustered.
In addition to Merkley, the signers included Michael Bennet (D-CO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). All are relative newcomers, with Brown elected in 2006, Merkley in 2008, and Bennet and Gillibrand appointed in 2009 (and facing their first Senate elections in 2010.)
Point one. GO MERKLEY!!
Point two. The public option is turning into the Captain Scarlet of policy initiatives. Shoot it. Stab it. Toss is into a pit of cock eating shit weasels (All named Joey L. Natch.) and somehow, it will come back to life. Seriously, let’s make some phone calls, People! If your Senator hasn’t signed the letter, bug him or her until he or she does. And if your Senator is Joe Lieberman, call him anyway. Just to annoy the living shit out of him.
Hang in there, folks. This ain’t over yet!