Posted by: Rick | Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Rockefeller v. Baucus: The Rich Are Different

On C-SPAN I just watched Max Baucus — chief errand boy for the health insurance lobby — stammer his way through his rejection of the public option.  He tried to hide his venality behind his role as Democratic facilitator, but he might as well have had “BOUGHT AND PAID FOR” tattooed on his forehead.  It was embarrassing.

Then came Jay Rockefeller.  I had a lot of problems with him as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee (he let Bush get away with murder), but his vote is clearly not for sale.

I guess there’s still something to be said in this country for noblesse oblige.  It’s probably no accident that whatever health care bill emerges will be named for Edward M. Kennedy.



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