Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Sidecar Is Delicious

I haven't actually had one, though I know it's made from cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice, which sounds good, and Matt Yglesias enjoyed them in his youth. And of course the metaphor is supposed to be for an actual vehicle that one rides beside a motorcycle, and not for a drink. But the cocktail is actually a pretty good metaphor for the thing the House wants the Senate to pass. Because it's tasty!

Possible sidecar ingredients include (1) eliminating Ben Nelson's hated Cornhusker Kickback or, better, giving it to everybody, (2) passing a very popular millionaire's tax to fund stuff, (3) eliminating the donut hole in prescription drug coverage, (4) a national exchange, and maybe even (5) the public option, which will do a lot to make the progressive base turn out for you while not making any voters especially unhappy.

Good on House Democrats, including Anthony Weiner, for moving towards getting on board with this strategy. The Senate is the side that really needs to step up now. We don't need Ben Nelson, Evan Bayh, or Blanche Lincoln for this 50-vote strategy, so their grumbling is no problem. But assuming that the Senate can get over its post-Scott Brown hangover, anybody else ought to find this quite appealing. As always, anybody with a Democratic Senator can help! Your Senator's phone number is here.

Update: I agree that reconciling it in sometime in the future is more likely, but good on Pingree and Polis for their publicoptioneering.
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