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Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

Grassroots Bipartisanship Opportunity

Data point one: virtually all congressional Republicans violently oppose a “public option” in a competitive system for health plans.
Data point two: half of rank-and-file Republicans support a “public option” in the most credible recent surveys.
So, if Barack Obama wants to break the decades-long gridlock on health reform, exhibit “bipartisanship,” and expose weaknesses in the opposition, which Republicans should he focus on?
My answer is in a post over at fivethirtyeight.com. Positive comments by Jonathan Cohn are here, and by Digby here. Suffice it to say that if I’ve been right about Obama’s strategy of “grassroots bipartisanship,” this is an excellent opportunity for him to pursue it.

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