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A Steaming Train Rolling Down the Track Towards You Clarifies the Mind

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* Also on the Climategate front: Break-in reported at the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. More here and here. Remember how the first step the Vs took way back in the original miniseries was to slander and discredit scientists? Me neither.

* The revision in Obama’s Copenhagen schedule is being optimistically read as proof a deal will be struck. More: Three Ways The Copenhagen Talks Could Succeed (Or Go Bust).

* It should be a crime to use the words “Springsteen” and “retire” in the same sentence.

The group is the foundation of Springsteen’s weightiest work and the backbone of his live marathon performances, many of which exceed three hours without interruption. The singer takes great pride in the band’s longevity and recoils when asked if this recently concluded tour might be the last with the group.

“Are you kidding me? There’s still fannies in the seats out there! People want to see this [bleep]. They want to go away and say, ‘Wow, I don’t believe what I just saw.’ And that’s something we still do.”

He lets the last word hang as if to emphasize that he is speaking of the band in the present tense, not the past.

“We’re musicians to the bone,” Springsteen says. “It ain’t easy to get us to go home. We’re traveling musicians. Everybody in that van has got the same thing in their blood and in their bones. And there’s many miles to go before we sleep.”

* Fantastic Mr. Fox the best film of 2009? That seems overly generous, but as a rabid Anderson fanboy, I’ll take it.

* ‘AirTran “hero” wasn’t on plane, airline says.’ Via Mitch. Josh Marshall had some fun with this one earlier today.

* Take David Foster Wallace’s grammar challenge. Answers here. (via Kottke)

* Statistically speaking, it was easier to get into Harvard than to get a job at this Applebee’s in the Bronx. (Thanks Maggie!)

* Max Baucus steps in shit.

* And please be advised that today cell phones don’t cause brain cancer.

Public-Option-mentum

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News keeps rolling out about the public option today; ABC is reporting that a public option is likely to be in the final Senate bill (about which Max Baucus is said to be “apoplectic”), and Open Left’s informal whip count has 58 votes for cloture. (Most Important People in the Country by this count: Mary Landrieu and Evan Bayh.)

Open Left also discusses reports that suggest Pelosi’s “robust” version will pass the House. Genuine health care reform seems very close today.

UPDATE: Steve Benen has some thoughts on Mary Landrieu and her stated opposition to the public option. Of course the real question is not whether she’ll vote for the bill but whether she’ll vote for cloture—and call me a pie-in-the-sky optimist but I find it hard to imagine, when push comes to shove, that any member of the Democratic caucus would cast the lone vote to destroy health care reform by denying it a floor vote. (Landrieu or Bayh would basically have to switch parties if they did, and no one jumps onto a sinking ship.) Because he’s a proud member of the notoriously independent Connecticut for Lieberman caucus, I’ve been much more worried about Lieberman’s loyalty than anybody else’s—so I’m glad to see he’s already confirmed he’ll vote for cloture.

UPDATE 2: Apparently Landrieu announced today that she won’t support a Republican filibuster. If Open Left’s count is right, that just leaves President Bayh.

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October 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Bad Democrat Dance-Off

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Bad Democrat dance-off! Ben Nelson signals his support for a “trigger” that would create a public option later—because seventy years of broken health care just isn’t enough—while Max Baucus goes him one better in stripping out the public option, the trigger, and even the co-operative alternative floated a few weeks ago by Reid and others.

Look forward to the Joe Liebermann No Health Care Reform At All Act of 2009, coming soon. It’ll be bipartirrific.

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September 7, 2009 at 2:52 pm