There’s a scene in P.G. Wodehouse’s Right Ho, Jeeves where Bertie Wooster receives a telegram from his fearsome Aunt Dahlia that reads: “Come at once.” Bertie is puzzled. He reflects and agonizes and sends several follow-up telegrams requesting more lucid instruction. Finally he shows the cable to his perceptive manservant Jeeves and asks him to translate.
“I think Mrs. Travers wants you to come at once, sir,” Jeeves says.
Sometimes it seems like the liberal base of the Democratic Party has a similar problem. They’ve been saying for decades: “We want Medicare for all.” Senior Democrats furrow their brows and ruminate, they fret about public opinion and blue dogs, they devise independent payment advisory boards and state-run insurance exchanges. Meanwhile the activists are rolling their eyes. “No, Medicare for all. It’s not that hard…”