Even with the bitter defeat of the DREAM Act, progressives need to take a moment here at the end of this tough year and celebrate the end of DADT. As MLK liked to remind us, the arc of the moral universe is long, but it curves toward justice.
The good news is that under all the hullabaloo of the public option fight and the horrendous Stupak amendment, there is actually a lot of good things that are pretty well-settled assuming a bill gets passed.
Democrats have to figure out how to produce real benefits for real people now. Rather than bragging about the signs of progress in the economy when voters don't feel them yet, Democrats need to focus on jobs.
I think we're still moving forward with health care reform. The next few days will tell us what kind of deals can be cut, but no matter what, I think the strategy for progressives remains the same as it has been.
Progressives should not panic if the language on the public option, or any other major issue in the health care bill, isn't great. Don't give up on the conference committee process: this time, the House will be a player.
With polling numbers on the public option, and an activist base on fire on this issue, it is going to be more and more difficult for Democrats to vote against it when they have to vote in the light of day.