Let us all now thank Senator Max Baucus.
He has taught us progressives a very important lesson: how NOT to get anything done in Congress.
Thanks to Max Baucus, for example, we now know that the more time you spend trying to make a deal with Republicans…
And the more energy you expend working on bipartisan solutions…
The less you’re ever going to accomplish.
Thanks to Max Baucus, we now know that trusting someone like Chuck Grassley, or Mike Enzi, or even Olympia Snowe…
Is as bad as trusting Mitch McConnell or John Boehner.
They’ll only stab you in the back.
Thanks to Max Baucus, we now know that the more money you take from insurance companies, the less likely you are to serve the American people – and the more likely you are to serve the special interests.
And, thanks to Max Baucus, we now know what a health care reform bill written by and for the insurance companies looks like – so we can throw it away and focus on getting a bill written for the people, with a strong public plan option.
You see, in the end, we learned a lot from the Gang of Six.
Thank you, Senator Baucus.
That’s my parting shot for today.