From Sen. Tom Harkin, Ted Kennedy's replacement as chairman of the HELP committee, to a crowd cheering about healthcare reform at his annual steak fry:
You might as well stay standing because that strong health reform bill — mark my word, I'm the chairman, it's gonna have a STRONG PUBLIC OPTION!
Those are stirring words. I don't really believe them, unfortunately, since being HELP chairman doesn't exactly make Harkin emperor of the Senate. But even if it's just steak fry talk, it's nice to hear.