In an interview with TPMDC moments after a conference call with over 175 members of the House Democratic caucus, [Rep. Raul] Grijalva said he was encouraged by what he heard from members--strong support for the House bill--but the President needs to get involved if their concerns will be met.
"The president is having his listening sessions, right?" Grijalva asked rhetorically. "After all we've been through at some point the administration can not be neutral players in this process."
Grijalva To White House: It's On You Now
Has this guy not been paying attention? Obama won't commit to anything on this bill. He hasn't; he isn't going to now. You're going to have to tell him what you will and will not accept. Use simple, declarative statements. Why is that so hard to figure out?
Here's an example.
I will not support in any way a congressman who votes for a bill that includes an individual mandate, but doesn't have a viable public option. In fact, if that person is my Representative or Senator, he'll be very lucky to get my vote.
Get it now? Chris Dodd lost my support, not to mention a lot of other progressives, when he voted for the Senate bill. Look where he is now.