Well, So Much For That

The Senate Finance Committee put the kibosh on the public option today with Democrats Baucus, Conrad, Lincoln, Nelson and Carper voting against it. Will the Democrats who voted against it pay a real price with their base? What now? It's hard to see it coming back but I suppose nothing's impossible. Still, can liberals who were wedded to this idea still get behind a reform bill that doesn't have it? Will any Republicans come aboard? Oy.

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