The Progressive Campaign Change Committee has been pushing hard for Democrats to resuscitate the public option, whipping up 23 signatures in the Senate and 120 in the House to a letter calling on Congress to pass the public option through reconciliation, so you can imagine how the group felt about it when White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said today that there isn't enough political support among Democrats to pass the public option.
PCCC co-founder Adam Green e-mailed this response to Gibbs, blasting the White House's "loser mentality" and calling on Democrats to "ignore the White House":
The White House obviously has a loser mentality -- but America rallies around winners. Polls show that in state after state, voters hate the Senate bill and overwhelmingly want a public option, even if passed with zero Republican votes. More than 50 Senate Democrats and 218 House Democrats were willing to vote for the public option before, and the only way to lose in reconciliation is if losers are leading the fight. That's why Democrats in Congress should ignore the White House and follow those like Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez who know that the public option is a political and policy winner.