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I'll be on Newshour tonight talking public option compromises with Jim Lehrer and the gang.

By Ezra Klein  |  October 27, 2009; 5:02 PM ET
 
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Be sure to tell America how you think Joe Liebeman is a reliable vote for HCR for Harry Reid. It's a sound position. Like Matt Yglesias and Josh Marshall being early supporters of the Iraq War. What could go wrong?!?

Posted by: jamusco | October 27, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Um, is that Christopher Walken talking about cooking a chicken with pears in the background on your front page? How freaking weird is that, Ezra?

Posted by: agowen100 | October 27, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Good job Ezra. I just watched the News Hour. Glad to hear you and the other guest talking specifics about what costs will be.

As a family of four making around $55,0000 per year we currently pay $7200 per year for health insurance, my employer pays the other $7200, so hearing the number $5500 per year didn't actually seem that high. But I know that it will be very hard for people to pay that if they aren't already paying for health insurance. Your discussion on mandates and the cost of the bill was incredibly enlightening.

Thanks! Glad to see you on tv, I've been reading you for years. BTW, you don't look as much like your blog pic these days...you may want to update it. *smile*

Posted by: joyousMinn | October 27, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Ezra;

You're smart, you're liberal and...you're adorable.

Oh, those kissable lips.

Will you marry me?

If not, maybe you can get the WaPo editors to update your photo--you looked so much cuter on the tube.

XOX,

Posted by: davidisraels | October 27, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

That's good news. The NewHour coverage on HCR has been horrendous: so full of conventional wisdom that they (like many in the MSM) were completely blind-sided by the latest move in the Senate.

In fact, their initial piece on HCR prior to Ezra was a wonderful example of just how miserable their reporting has been.

In that segment, they treated the PO almost as if it had just dropped out of the sky over the weekend -- which considering how they routinely brush aside anything proposed by anyone to the left of Joe Lieberman, is understandable.

The fact that the Dems have the numbers (or close to it) and that the true center is somewhere between Max Baucus and Jay Rockefeller and not Max Baucus and Chuck Grassley totally distorts their view of reality.

All you need to know is that they presented what happened in the Senate, not as a minor yet promising victory but one that showed the 'faultlines' among Democrats.

Posted by: leoklein | October 27, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Ugh: "The fact that [they refuse to acknowledge] that the Dems have the numbers (or close to it) and that the true center is somewhere between Max Baucus and Jay Rockefeller and not Max Baucus and Chuck Grassley totally distorts their view of reality.

Posted by: leoklein | October 28, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

>>>>>>pay $7200 per year for health insurance, my employer pays the other $7200, so hearing the number $5500 per year didn't actually seem that high.<<<<<

Right. That insurance industry guy kept going on about how that $5,500 figure was such a horrendously high figure for a family making in the mid fifties, and I kept thinking "Plenty of people pay MORE than that -- especially if you take wage compression into the equation -- under the status quo!"

Also, presumably you're going to be able to pay your insurance premiums monthly. An extra $400-$500 monthly check is no picnic, but again, he kept going on about "writing a check for $5,500" -- which sounds a lot more scary.

Posted by: Jasper99 | October 28, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Hey man,

You looked good and you did well. While I really hate most of your politics, your performance was supurb!

Robert Zimmerman (Fred Jones)

Posted by: WrongfulDeath | October 28, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

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