The plan isn't going into effect until 2013. Think you're tired of TV ads and screaming folks at town hall meetings now? Picture a more local version of that for the next four years -- not a pretty sight.
Popular action is the very definition of democracy. It doesn't happen without us, and it isn't a human right upheld by some magic fairness-fairy. If the public option's not in the bill, it's because we haven't shown up to demand it.
By supporting a moderate bill in committee, Snowe has made the GOP, or at least part of it, relevant again; succeeding where Michael Steele, John Boehner, Joe Wilson, Rush Limbaugh and others have failed.
Because he cannot provide peace and prosperity, Obama needs to pass some meaningful legislation to demonstrate that he is doing something positive. Just getting a health care bill passed will mean nothing to many Americans.
Operating a business on Main Street is a lot different than lecturing at the Harvard Economic Club. The team Obama surrounded himself with has spent way more time in a faculty lounge than in the corner barber shop.