On Monday I wrote that the "real obstacles" to health care reform are corporate Democrats, not Republicans.
"...until then, I really have grown sick of progressives telling me about the latest stupid thing that fell out of Limbaugh's mouth. He is not the problem right now. Democrats like Evan Bayh, Ben Nelson, and Arlen Specter are. If the Democratic leadership is either unwilling or unable to pressure enough of those types of Democrats into passing the lowest bar of progressive governance, then it is time to redirect our activism into less partisan and /or less electoral directions."
Maybe we should add Ron Wyden's name to the list of problem Dems on health care reform.
(Speaking of backsliding Dems, what's with Oregon State Senator Mark Hass*? First he threatens to blow up the legislature's tax increase on corporations and wealthy individuals, then he backs down. Constituent pressure? Party pressure???)
*(Is Hass the new Senator from Nike? His opposition to the "permanent" tax increases echoes the postion taken by the old Senator from Nike, Ryan Deckert, now head of the Oregon Business Association.)