After Scott Brown got elected, I told a very progressive friend of mine I thought the Democrats should just ram healthcare reform through, using reconciliation if they had to.
“Oh, they can’t do that!” she replied.
That’s the trouble with Democrats. They see too many points of view; they care too much about what people will think. They care too much about people, period.
The tax cuts that ate up the surplus in both 2001 and 2003, that began the decline of our economy, were rammed through by Republicans using reconciliation. And who remembers that? They certainly don’t.
Just do it, Democrats. And while you’re at it, why don’t you listen to Bernie Sanders (lucky, those people in Vermont) and stick the public option in.