Going postal


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Freddie says:

    There definitely is a teachable moment here about not making the perfect the enemy of the good. And frankly, I think Howard Dean is being nuts. At the same time, we need to be careful not to be so amenable to compromise that our policy platform dissolves into mush.

    Personally, I’m less inclined to be as hotheaded about it as Cole, but I largely agree with him. Still, I think that this is a pretty good explanation of the anger. But anger is no excuse to keep us from passing reforms that can actually help people.Report

    • Avatar E.D. Kain in reply to Freddie says:

      Freddie – agreed. More and more the way this thing is headed I think it’s time to push for the end of the filibuster. That’s the culprit at the heart of failed (or compromised, watered-down) legislation on both sides of the aisle.Report

  2. Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto says:

    I think it’s worth noting that the “public option” was never really supposed to be the center piece of the reform effort. It was always the other things: national health exchange, guaranteed issue, mandate, spread caps, MLR limits, etc.

    The reason there’s “no fight” is because the public option was never the most important component of reform and was made into something of a decoy so that the opponents would expend their ammunition against it. The debate about the public option basically did what it was supposed to do. It took the bullet so the substantive reforms would actually stay intact.

    And that’s a good thing. People who scream and cry foul about its demise are entirely missing the point.Report