I mean it, what’s left?
Walking in to the meeting, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) was asked whether
the buy-in, and a triggered public option would be stripped from the
“[L]ooks that way,” Harkin said. “There’s enough good in this bill that even without those two.”
As I was alluding last night, I just don’t have confidence we’ll be able to build on this later, which is what most of the defenders of the clusterfuck as well as the kindly people trying to keep other Internet peeps from jumping off a ledge are saying. Get this now, next year we pass X to make it better, next year we pass Y to make it better still.
Well, okay, but you’re counting on continued GOP electoral fail plus a bunch of people who bought sweeping reovlutionary change instead of slow incremental progress not saying “fuck this” and staying home in future elections. Neither of those things are a gimme at this point. That the Republicans are disorganized and crazy and self-destructing is all well and good; doesn’t mean people won’t vote for them.
And I know it’s gauche to mention it, but in the interim while we wait for what’s to be improved upon here, there will be A LOT OF DEAD PEOPLE. Not to mention bankruptcies and in the best case scenario a few thousand ulcers from everybody worrying about the fucking earth caving in if they get the sniffles.
(Plus once again the dirty fucking hippies were right about Joe Lieberman, and once again absolutely no one cares. Fuck you, Dick Durbin, O Senator of Mine, for defending this douchebag for years.)