Never has a Blue Dog barked so loudly only to roll over so pathetically, and that is saying something given the sorry history of the Blue Dogs. No senator who votes for cloture at this stage should be given a pass, even if they ultimately end up voting against the final bill. This is the health care vote that matters. The Ben Nelson test has come and he seems intent on failing, like the rest of the pro-life Democrats in the Senate. The compromises the Democratic moderates have won have only served to turn the bill into an incoherent mess, preserving the private health insurance industry while negating major reasons for its existence. If it passes, opponents should move on toward working for its repeal.
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