The Brawler confesses to being positively appalled at the display on Capitol Hill over the past couple days. The Dems didn't have talking points on HCR in the event of a Brown win? The Dems didn't have a legislative strategy in the event of a Brown win? Why did it take more than 24 hours for me to get hit with an email from Organizing for America bemoaning the Brown victory? That should've been written weeks ago.
All that said, the Brawler is hopeful that the Dems realize now is their one true moment to really push through meaningful health care reform. Don't know what the contours of that would look like -- House passes the Senate bill that the Senate fixes in reconciliation or a Plan B that expands Medicare and Medicaid -- but hopefully they make their minds up soon (and presumably Rahm, who pushed a greatly unloved NAFTA bill through Congress, is working on this). Hopefully they realize they will not get any support from Republicans on any bill -- seriously, if you were a Republican would you throw a lifeline to a party that's in such massive disarray despite such an overwhelming majority?
Hopefully they realize that, within limits, there's nothing wrong in using reconciliation to push a bill given Republican obstruction -- and the fact that the Republicans used reconciliation to push the tax cuts are a major reason we're in the fiscal hole they're now so concerned about.
Hopefully they realize that the more tangible benefits of HCR they can show voters early on the better they will be in November.
Hopefully they realize that they need to make the Republicans take votes that will make them look bad - perhaps on preexisting conditions, which REpublicans claim they want to address but don't really in an affordable manner.
Hopefully the Administration realizes Obama needs to use the State of the Union address to expose nihilistic Republican obstructionism, clearly state why HCR is needed, and what legislative initiatives would do to help folks, and, who knows, clearly articulate what he wants. It's too late now to remain above the fray and claim victory based on whatever passes.
Hopefully realize they're going to be demagogued by Republicans come November -- backroom deals! government takeover! socialmalism! -- even if they pass a bill that incorporates all the bullshit "Reforms" REpublicans favor (tort reform, high risk pools for preexisting conditions, etc)
Hopefully they realize the that Dem voters will stay home come November if massive Dem majorities in the house and senate can't pass meaningful health care reform. And they'll withhold dollars as well.
Speaking of dollars, thanks to the activist Supreme Court, the floodgates have opened for corporations to dump money into elections. To put it mildly, this decision will make it infinitely more difficult for progressives to reopen meaningful health care reform in the future. They have the opportunity to establish a beachhead now. They need to take it. (Which suggests that expanding Medicare now makes a lot of sense.)