Who decides what’s allowed under Reconciliation? The vice president.

I hear he’s on our side.

Of course, this requires the White House sticking its neck out and taking responsibility for the use of reconciliation to pass the bill. And if they gear up with a major campaign to talk all week about the unprecedented GOP filibusters, they can prove to the American people why we need reconciliation to overcome partisanship in the capital. Bunning’s filibuster is a god-send to Democrats. But they have to realize it, and have the smarts to use it to their advantage.

And for any Democrats worried that the GOP, and the teabaggers, will excoriate them for using reconciliation and/or passing health care reform… they’re going to excoriate you anyway, regardless of what you do. So get some backbone and show the public why you deserve to keep your seat.

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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