Interesting theme shift on the immediate horizon: no health care bill or a bad health care bill – the result of compromise after compromise with folks who, in the end, won’t even vote for their own compromise – is going to lead to massive Democratic loses in the 2010 cycle. On the other hand, a good bill will only cause heavy loses in 2010.
Unlike a weakened compromise, a good bill with a strong public option gives Dems a fighting chance and certainly gives a lot of people who voted for the first time or for the first time in a long time in 2008 a bigger reason to vote.
So, rather than see defeat on the other side’s terms, get a good bill, shore up your base and engage on your own turf.
The RNC sends out a press release attacking the co-op proposal. No one could have predicted that Republicans would also not agree to the co-op “compromise” proposal, either. Just like no one could predict that Republicans will still attack the health care bill once co-ops are dropped, too.
If Cook is right and the Dems maintain their majority while losing a bunch of these reactionary wingnuts, I couldn’t be happier. And the Democrat should be happy too because it means they can pass successful legislation for a change.
Is it possible that the electorate which is voting in November 2010 will be so down on the Democrats that they trust Republicans more on issues like these? Sure, it is possible — if the enthusiasm gap is wide enough, if Obama’s approval is low enough, if the health care debate has been bungled enough, and if the economy is still hemorrhaging jobs.