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Now Republicans oppose the co-op, too?

"Kind of Blue" really is great.

Where does Marc Ambinder find the time?

A good profile of Rahm Emanuel's role.

David Leonhardt considers a "fat tax."

By Ezra Klein  |  August 17, 2009; 7:09 PM ET
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Yes, Ezra, the GOP will oppose the co-ops, too. They will oppose any kind of reform. You had your Grassley moment today. What did you learn?

Digby used to be a mentor of yours back in Cali, yes? Go read her latest scorecard on the administration's performance.

Any chance we could see some honest, scrupulous critique any time soon?

Posted by: scarlota | August 17, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Kind of Blue really is great, indeed.

Funnily enough, a tribute to it has just been released:

Kind of Bloop
An 8-Bit Tribute to Miles Davis' Kind of Blue

Posted by: riffle1 | August 17, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

'The RNC forwarded a press release/research memo to reporters today claiming that a "'public option' by any other name is still government health care." '

Quel effing surprise.

Posted by: pseudonymousinnc | August 17, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

While the President has always said that the public option wasn't "essential", the media interpretation of the administration's comments this weekend could be devastating. As soon as Republicans sense that the President has given away the public option, they will move on to attacking co-ops and, perhaps more importantly, the individual mandate. And how on earth will the President credibly voice support for a mandate after so publicly opposing one during the campaign? Not good.

Since Wapo won't let me embed links, see The American Spectator:
and Peter Suderman on the Daily Dish:

Posted by: kordsmicah | August 17, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

a beautiful piece of music after a long day,
on a summer evening!
"flute thing," off of the old "blues project" album, "projections."

andy kulberg was such a gifted electric jazz/blues flutist, and this is a really playful and lovely improvisation.
i hope it is never forgotten. it is so good.

Posted by: jkaren | August 17, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

The younger generation might be excused for thinking that "Kind of Blue" is a Blue Dog Dem tribute album.

Posted by: chrishvt | August 17, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

politics ends where music begins....
more perfect music for a summer evening...
if you like miles, i hope you will also appreciate this gem,
with the jazz immortals, oscar peterson and count basie.
something truly special...

Posted by: jkaren | August 17, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

So, co-ops are dead. Because what is the justification for a compromise that is rejected by the other side?
Conrad should wipe the egg from his face now and get back in line. About time he stops fooling around and concentrates all efforts to get the reform accomplished. With a public option! Because insurances, hospitals and doctors don't sit in Senate, but Conrad does. Those opponents should have no say on the legislation, and Conrad should finally acknoledge that the Dem party promised changes, and a healthcare reform that will drive costs down! If they don't deliver, they will have hell to pay.

Posted by: Gray62 | August 17, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Idea: Have Obama question the critique of the public option in public and often enough that it permeates the news narratives. Have him rhetorically ask if someone can explain to him why the public option is so bad? Why would be think its more important to pad insurance company profits than give a good deal to Americans? Medicare is a public option, so is the VA System. Are those bad? Of course not! So tell me what is the hang up with the public option?

Posted by: phillycomment | August 17, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

as i've said ad nauseum the devil's in the details. If it negotiates with hospitals and docs as insurance does, if it pays premium taxes as insurance does, if it is forced to hold reserves as insurance does, if its not government back like insurance is not then a co-op is fine. Republicans should not play their hand out too far. They're getting plenty of leash here for a party not in power at all and they shouldn't see Obama's dwindling poll numbers as a way to kill reform but rather if they get the reforms that are needed and get a true co-op instead of governemnt run healthcare they can take a part of the credit for it as well for bringing Obama back from the ledge of socialism as they'll call it.

Posted by: visionbrkr | August 17, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

visionbrkr, might I suggest you learn not to write run-on sentences?

Your comment is pretty much pointless: the Republicans have *always* wanted to kill reform. They will if they can.

Posted by: tyromania | August 17, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Ezra, what happened to my comment about Rahm Emanuel? If my usage of "a**hole" is a problem, pls replace it with "foulmouth"! Thx.

Posted by: Gray62 | August 18, 2009 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Ezra, what happened to my comment about Rahm Emanuel? If my usage of "a**hole" is a problem, pls replace it with "foulmouth"! Thx.
Ezra always blocks posts that bad mouth Rahm. I think this blog is run out of his office sometimes. RAHM IS THE PROBLEM! Who do you think gave the store away to big Pharma? I don't think it was Obama.

Posted by: obrier2 | August 18, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Lots of people here see the value of a national co-op (or public plan), Do those same people would support making it easier for insurance companies to cross state lines to increase the number of people they cover?

Posted by: spotatl | August 18, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

There's an automatic filter on this, like on many blogs, that sometimes grabs profanities and excessive links because it thinks they're spam. I never block any comments myself.

Posted by: Ezra Klein | August 18, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

"I never block any comments myself."
I didn't think so. I was aware that the filter caught my comment, but I thought that maybe you could save it out of the spam list. Well, nevermind, it wasn't that important. But thx for your attention!

Posted by: Gray62 | August 18, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

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