Benen believes -- and I agree -- that Senator Schumer is attempting to supplant the Coward Harry Reid.
"If you did a consensus within the Democratic Party, you would find the level-playing-field public option to be the answer," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "And now that we have 60 votes, it seems to me like we don't have to turn it inside out for something we don't like."
As for the co-op favored by some centrist Dems and tolerated by Republicans, Schumer said, "I don't think the co-op way can work. So let's go back and do what we should be doing: a public option."
Unfortunately, it appears as though the White House wants a public option with a trigger. Not good.
But if you're dialing Congress today, add Senator Schumer to your list. And thank him for having some spine in a place where spinelessness seems to be prevalent.
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