In case you don't recognize him, that's Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight—he's the dude who successfully predicted most of the results of the 2012 elections. He was widely derided by conservapundits, but one of his biggest critics has already eaten crow.
Note: Even if you don't read my post, please click on all the hyperlinked names for truly informative, up-to-the-second opinions on health care.
Health care is such a clusterfuck to the sickhouse at this point and yes, I blame President Obama for tactical mistakes as well as selling out. He's all boxed in now, so I can't really blame him for wanting SOMETHING...except he's the one who boxed himself in. So I blame him more than convenient villain Joe Lieberman. And it's depressing. I'm not sure where I stand—and I'm a pretty opinionated guy!—on whether to just fucking pass it as it and hope to improve it later (smart as hell people like Paul Krugman and Nate Silver and Jay Rockefeller are in this camp), refuse to pass it until it's been further tweaked (smart as hell people like Markos Moulitsas, Howard Dean, SEIU leader Andy Stern and potentially Bernie Sanders seem to be in this camp) or kill it and start over from scratch, preferably using reconciliation, Tea Bagger distractions and fickle poll plunges be damned (smart as hell people like diarist mcjoan from DailyKos are in this camp). All have valid points.
I think if I were a senator, I'd vote for it and then push like hell to continue working on health care, because it's for damn sure not what we were promised and not enough as an ending point.
But when you realize that the people AGAINST ALL HEALTH CARE REFORM are just against it because they loathe Obama, think he's foreign Manchurian candidate Socialist and think taxpayers should be up in arms literally) over the good things the Democrats are up to, it gets hard to come down on the side of killing the bill. Like Laura Ingraham, who compares health care reform to the Holocaust (above) or Michele Bachmann, who stupidly compares its combatants to the Charge of the Light Brigade...which, um, didn't work out well (below):
Maybe this is why—even in the face of some unpopular decisions and a bad economy—voters seem to be torn between The People In Charge Right Now and the alternative, a party of buffoons, corporatists, racists, idiots and failed veep candidates who childishly black out the names of their former running mates on visors just to get press. Because the answer to the unspoken question is, "Yeah, actually, things really could get worse...if Republicans take control."