Instead of advising Congress to vote against the bill for not containing the public option, as he stridently declared on Thursday, Dean said the Senate bill had actually “improved” over the past few weeks, and that he would wait until the House and Senate bills were combined in the conference before passing judgment: ‘I would let this bill go to conference committee and see if we can fix this bill more … Let's see what they add to this bill and make it work. If they can make it work without a public option, I'm all ears.’
A little birdy whispered in my ear that Howard will decide that the bill can work without a public option.
Meanwhile BuzzFlash has put up this as it’s big headline: ‘GOP Filibuster of HCR Defeated in Historic 1 AM EST Vote in Senate: 60-40 Along Party Lines. It will pass the Senate by Christmas Eve. It's manifestly clear: the GOP "reverence for life" ends at birth.’ However, they did not bother to take down this commentary (which links to a Politico article): ‘Obama Criticizes Left and Right for Opposing Watered Down HCR. The Problem for the President is the "Center" is a myth of Rahm Emanuel and the DNC. So It Leaves Him with a Narrow so-called "Centrist" Base. The HCR Will Probably Pass, But it May be a Pyrrhic Victory for the President.’
I would swear you couldn’t make this stuff up, except that you can, and in fact it’s easy, because we’ve all done it for real many times, perhaps even more often than Howard Dean has (though not more often than BuzzFlash). :)