Brodner’s Cartoon du Jour: Sing, Dennis

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Today, the health care reform bill gets a big shot in the arm: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), the highly principled progressive voice, is flipping and coming out for the bill. The Dems’ big problem has been progressives like him, who understand that single-payer Medicare for all is the only real way to fix the health care mess in the US, and who might not support the bill as it has evolved. It is a messy bill that grants way too many compromises with the prevailing power structure. But it will insure 30 million people and end awful practices like the denial of care for “preexisting” conditions. Kucinich clears the way for realpolitik: to get what’s possible now, leaving more progress for the next round. That’s kind of progressive.

The right sees this happening and is losing it big-time. Frustrated at losing this debate, the right has decided to attack this little boy, Marcelas Owens, showing their true colors. Another “Have you, at long last, no decency at all?” moment. It’s good to see them hanging out in there public like this: hating America. The truth is a good thing.

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