Chris Bowers writes a post-mortem for the Public Option:
But, it didn’t happen. Part of me thinks that it didn’t happen explicitly because all the dirty frakking hippies were the ones pushing for a public health insurance option. And, if we had been pushing for this student loan public option, it probably would have been defeated, too.
Because that’s how politics works: defeat the dirty hippies, no matter what they are asking for, simply for the sake of saying you defeated the dirty hippies. Thus, you can claim victory over the dirty hippies, and show you stood up to their freakishness. Then, tell everyone that if you didn’t defeat the dirty hippies, Democrats would lose everything. From the leadership to the rank and file, the Democratic ecosystem is rife with that belief.
That’s the best argument I’ve ever heard for why we need some even dirtier hippies. Let’s make the dirty hippies look reasonable and responsible. C’mon, where is Abby Hoffman when we need him?