Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman wrote a great piece yesterday about President Obama appealing to the Democratic caucus to be courageous and pass health reform much like LBJ did to get the Civil Rights Act passed. The President said to the Democratic caucus:
“Every once in a while a moment comes where you have a chance to
vindicate all those best hopes that you had about yourself, about this
country, where you have a chance to make good on those promises that
you made … And this is the time to make true on that promise. We are
not bound to win, but we are bound to be true. We are not bound to
succeed, but we are bound to let whatever light we have shine.”
He contrasts that call for courage to the Republicans cynical fear mongering that almost succeeded in killing reform for another generation. The blatant lies, racism, hate and bigotry was shameless and rampant, but in the end, struck out.