Are the Democrats missing the big picture? If they are, heaven help the sick. Until common ground is found, those millions of American citizens that are sick and without health insurance might not be able to hold on.
If a health care bill is as critical as the Democrats -- and American public -- say it is, then what matters is passing it in as strong a form as possible, not gutting it for the sake of one, empty Republican vote.
The real head-scratcher for serious media-watchers right now is what the "war" between the White House and Fox News was meant to distract us from this week. The "war" itself is laughable, for a number of reasons.
I have criticized the Democrats for failing to properly use the power of their majority in Congress and the mandate from an overwhelming victory last November, so it's only right I give them their props for finally taking charge.
By my calculation, Senator Reid can count on 56 votes for the health care legislation as it now stands. Any attrition from this group would require Reid to reach across the aisle to recruit one or more moderate Republicans.
Senator Snowe may wield a pivotal vote on health care, but it is in a body that is unrepresentative and anti-majoritarian by design. How long are we Americans going to ignore this constitutional defect?