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stevenleser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-09-09 10:28 AM
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34. Grantcart has demonstrated an extraordinarily KEEN awareness of the numbers in the past
and I am sure he has that kind of awareness now. People who have followed GD - P through the primaries know what I mean.

What I am not sure that you are taking into account is that the President has the ability to put immense pressure on members of congress from his own party to vote the way he wants. This kind of address is one of those ways he has to do this. I am sure that he, Emmanuel and VP Biden are working this from behind the scenes as well. They can put all kinds of arm wrenching to work to change the math and get this done.

The real question that needs answered is where the President will draw the line in the sand tonight and how forcefully will he do it. If he says tonight that there is no bill without a public option and lays the case out like only he can for why that is the best option, I think he can change the math. If he shows a willingness to compromise on the public option, there is no incentive for any Democrat who is currently against the PO to change.
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