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These Are Politicians, After All

To me, the weakest part of Jonathan Chait’s argument is precisely that he does emphasize “the collective interest of the Democratic Party.” He concludes, “Nobody is going to want to go into the 2010 elections, or history, as the person who killed health care reform.”

Many politicians are partisan and lots of them also believe in all sorts of idealistic stuff. But the number who are so partisan, so idealistic, and so focused on their place in history that they don’t care about being re-elected is probably a lot smaller than Chait supposes. Especially since, given the House vs. Senate dynamic, it will be a lot easier to pin the blame on a few red-district Democrats if the bill passes than it will be to assign them the blame if it fails.

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