Liberal Dems sometimes play this game where they leap on opportunities to ‘fight the good fight’ and lose. Then they go to their constituents and act as if they are martyrs. Right now this is re-election gold for congresscreatures from safe liberal districts (though in other times it also works for those from unsafe constituencies).
You will see people, who before cursed the liberals in the House for breaking their pledge to vote against un-strong un-public un-options, today praising them for the ‘courage’ and ‘fight’ they are displaying by drawing a line in the sand of a beach that’s already behind enemy lines. Anthony Weiner, one of the pledge-breakers, sounded like he’d just received a big tax refund and could pay his back rent, when I heard him speak yesterday.