(edit by timbuk3: I added a title to make it easier to find the comments. Sue me, Icy! It’s a software thing. In the meantime, I haven’t altered a word.)
“KUCINICH: If being the Ralph Nader of health care means I’m against consumer fraud and against monopolies, that’s OK. But if being the Ralph Nader of health care means that I’m scuttling the Democratic Party, that’s not true. I’m inside the party. I represent a voice inside the party that has helped to make health care an issue in three successive Democratic Platform committees and two national campaigns . . . I haven’t gone outside the party, and the party still has a chance to be able to deliver to the American people a health care bill that would be worthy of broader support.”
Since the House has to vote on the Senate bill as is, without changing a comma, this is the only time to make a deal, not later during reconciliation when some Senate parliamentarian gets to slice and dice it.
In taking a stand as the critical vote that the White House needs, Kucinich is giving Democratic Senators cover as more and more of them declare their support for the public option.