Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore mocked "whiny" Democrats for not having the spine or courage to fight Republicans for a public option on health care. Mimicking a whiny voice for Democrats, Moore said he "admired" Republicans because at least they had "the courage of their convictions":
I can't stand listening to whiny Democrats say, 'we shouldn't even do it because it won't pass anyways.' That's not how the Republicans think. You know, you've got to admire Republicans. They have the courage of their convictions. They put it right out there. When they want to do something, they do it. They don't go, 'oh, I don't know. I don't know if we should invade Iraq. People might not like that.' They don't care. They just do it. What is wrong with our side of the aisle? Where is the spine, where is the courage? 'They might filibuster.' Really? Let them filibuster. I'd like to see that.
Calling support for the public option "absolutely make or break," Moore warned Democrats that he would help efforts to oust from office any who backed away from supporting real reform:
We're going to start in the primaries. Any Democrat that gets in the way of true reform, reform that has to include the public option, we are going to campaign against them in the primary. We're going to try to find people to run against them. They are not going to get away with this.