That was Bill Clinton’s advice to Senate Democrats yesterday. He told them, “The worst thing to do is nothing. It’s not important to be perfect here. It’s important to act.” This mentality is a perfect description of what is wrong with the political class — the appearance of action always takes precedence over ensuring that the actions being undertaken are wise or just.
Fifteen years later, Clinton has never paused to consider that the Democrats might not have lost control of Congress because they failed to pass his health care reform bill. There is a case to be made they lost in no small part because the bill in question was such a federal power grab. Clinton is asking Senate Democrats to risk their seats based his memories of 1994, but not all of them will go along. Consider Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), for example.
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