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I Am *So* Brilliant! So So So So So Brilliant!!

Me, April 10, 2009:

Snowecare and Collinscare: If a health care bill passes this year, it will be because Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins like it a lot. First-dollar coverage for lumberjacking industries? Super-cobra for workers laid off from their seasonal jobs tapping maple trees?

Ezra Klein, today:

Ezra Klein: What Leverage Do Republicans Have on Olympia Snowe?: Whatever Chuck Grassley wants to do, he... is facing a Republican primary challenge in his 2010 reelection campaign... his term as ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee is coming to an end, and he needs the favor of his party leadership to smoothly transition to ranking member of Judiciary or Budget. Both of these point in the direction of hard conservatism...

Not so with Olympia Snowe. According to a variety of sources, Olympia Snowe could pretty much write the bill at this point.... [S]he believes health-care reform to be a good and necessary idea, at least as she would compose it. But she's concerned about being the only Republican to vote for Barack Obama's health-care reform plan....

Snowe is not up for reelection until 2012.... Moreover, she's a wildly popular politician in a deeply blue state. If her party attempted to exact revenge, she could easily become a Democrat.... She's moderate enough that the switch wouldn't be particularly jarring, and the fact that it came in the context of a policy priority rather than a primary challenge would make it a lot more respectable than Specter's defection....

[And it] is health-care reform! It's covering 40 million people, and saving lives, and averting medical bankruptcy, and making the system better for millions and millions of people. And it could be Snowe's legacy more than anyone else's. She could break the gridlock that has paralyzed this issue for decades. That's history-book stuff. Surely it's worth something.

Actually, the brilliant thing I did was marrying my wife Ann Marie Marciarille: it was her point originally--she made it at the California Budget Project conference last spring...

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