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And Digby reads the NY Times and gets annoyed because they can’t frakkin’ read.
This NYT story indicates that it comes as some sort of surprise that progressives have just suddenly decided to hang tough. That’s just not true. I first wrote about this back on June 3rd:
Darcy mentioned to me that this week is an important moment in the health care debate, in which it might be helpful for members of the netroots to weigh in with a little positive reinforcement to the progressive caucus, which has been holding the leadership’s feet to the fire on the public plan option. Everyone pretty much agrees that if that goes down, health care reform will be a meaningless shell game.
I was somewhat surprised frankly (in a good way)to hear the the progressives caucus had pulled together on this one and was actually wielding some clout. They represent over 70 m4mbers of congress, which is a big bloc of votes. If they can stick together on the public plan, it will happen.
If one of these House members is your Congressional Representative, all the better. But contact one or more of them even if they aren’t. They need to know that people other than lobbyists and big donors are engaged and informed on this and that we know what’s at stake with the public plan.
The Village seems to have just awakened to the fact that the progressives are holding the line, but they’ve been organized around this for months.
Digby is usually ahead of the curve when it comes to matters of intelligence. There are so many people that have helped in “holding the line,” but if you read the MSM you’d never know it.
Blue America, CPC, PCCC, DFA, C&L, Hullabaloo, Howie Klein, KOS, the Courage Campaign, Calitics and FDL — to name a few — have been targeting the House and the Baucus Dogs in the Senate for months now. Kudos to all. You know that the Ben Nelsons are dying to get their grubby hands on some of our money, but they’d have to act like real Democrats for that to happen.