So I’m listening to the Edster today at lunch, which has become increasingly difficult as he maintains that getting something – anything – through on health care is the main thing. And after asking listeners not to e-mail him saying he has caved (Okay, Ed, I’ll say it here instead: You have caved. Totally.), he proceeds to list all the points during this debate at which he was "spot on."
"I was spot on about Ben Nelson, I was spot on about Joe Lieberman," blah, blah, blah. Followed, of course, with the requisite scapegoating of Joe Lieberman as "the one guy" who blocked real progress on reform.
What a load of shit. Did Lieberman do great harm? Of course. But how about Reid’s lack of leadership? Or the White House’s?
Big Ed’s solution? Strip Lieberman of his committee chairmanship. It’s disturbing to see a boy from the heartland like Schultz simply ignore the old adage about closing the barn door after the horses have run off.
But the worst was yet to come.
"So tell me, progressives, liberals" Ed asked, "I understand that there are a lot of you out there who are disappointed. But what are you gonna do? A third party sounds great, it sounds nice, but it ain’t gonna happen." (Note: I am writing these quotes from memory, so they may not be word for word. But they’re damned close.)
And then it came, the topper: "I’m not afraid to tell it like it is, and I’m willing to lose friends on this."
Provided, apparently, that one of those friends is not Rich Trumka.