Twitter is on fire, and Joe Lieberman merely the kindle. The Netroots left -- a variegated slice of the Democratic base -- is livid about health care reform. The fire has been slow burning for months, expressing itself in frustration, firstly, with the congressional leadership, and secondly, with the White House. For the most part, though, the left was willing to sustain a modicum of support for HCR -- even in a very watered down form for them. No longer.
Says Markos Moutlisas: @markos Insurance companies win. Time to kill this monstrosity coming out of the Senate.
AmericaBlog John Aravosis: @aravosis When it still feels like Bush is in the White House and Gingrich the Congress, I don't call that 'change'
Moutlisas: @markos Bye bye, Reid. You weren't a bad MINORITY leader.
Atrois: @Atrios 2010 gonna be grim
@HunterDK Breaking News: Senate agrees to drop healthcare reform from#HCR bill. Will be replaced with picture of Calvin peeing on you.
Notice, firstly, that blame is laid at the feet of Harry Reid, for the most part. (This mistrust isn't new, but the failure to produce any meaningful sort of public option in health care is probably the last straw.) Even if it was pressure from the White House that caused Reid to choose to try and accommodate Max Baucus's preferences first, it was Reid who refused to fight back.