I agree with most of what Jon Chait says here, but I did want to object to his picking up of a habit that I’m seeing in too many places, namely looking at FireDogLake and then making broad assertions about “the left.” Chait asks, for example, “One of many considerations the vulnerable Democratic moderates who hold reform’s fate in their hands must balance is, in return for the limitless rage of the right, will they get any credit from the left for backing this reform?” And he answers with a link to FDL.
But MoveOn.org is mounting a final push for health reform. Large labor unions like SEIU and AFSCME are pushing for reform. The NAACP wants health care to pass and so does LULAC. The liberal columnists for The New York Times favor the bill, and so do the liberal columnists for The Washington Post.
I wish that FDL agreed with me and Chait and Paul Krugman and the SEIU and the NAACP about health care rather than taking its counterproductive dead-ender stance. But the fact of the matter is that on this issue they represent a rather marginal point of view and I don’t see any real evidence that there’s major support for their view.