The idiot behavior of the Right could actually result in the best of health care results. It is a long shot, but let’s fantasize.
1. Despite their lies and scare tactics, many see the Senate Bill as an historic achievement. This will not be lost in the House. So watch for the kill tactics to be honed to razor sharpness when the bill is being discussed in the committee made up of the Democratic elite.
2. The vast majority of Americans will NOT be hoodwinked by Stu-politics. What this means is with as this effort to go beyond the reasonable assault on choice already established, the Senate bill might get defeated when it comes to a House Vote, but THAT very Stu-politics success could open the door to reconciliation.
3. Once this process begins, the Senate becomes a majority institution.
The final bill could include a semi-robust public option and an improvement on the Senate version.
I assume that Nancy Pelosi will fight to gain a majority for the bill as it comes from the Senate with no Stupak aboard. But kamakaze politics has no limit. So she will also have paved the way for a reconciliation route. And as long as the brouhaha can be blamed on Stu-politics, the beneficiary could be more health care reform than we thought.