Reid's plan to incorporate the new compromise into the final Manager's Amendment before releasing any of its details may suggest that he is planning to offer sweeping substantive changes to the current health care bill.
This historic health care plan designed to improve Americans' lives and make them healthier and safer could, for women facing an unintended or dangerous pregnancy, deny them access to the care they need.
Was it not possible that shuttle diplomacy could have been between Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray and Ben Nelson, with the women being the ones whose votes were needed to reach the magic number 60? Apparently not.
"Gather 'round, you little lovelies -- how'd you like your Grampa to tell you a bit of a Christmas story?" "Well, I think I just might then. Have you ever heard the tale of Nelson the Hard-Nosed Reindeer?"
After pretending for months to cooperate with the Obama administration and Democrats to secure a reasonable health reform bill, the industry's CEOs and lobbyists on Sunday double-crossed their one-time political allies.
When it comes to Obama lining up votes from recalcitrant members of his own party, LBJ's brawling, Southern style of trench politics is the one best suited for the current health care reform challenge.