Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) formally announced on Sunday that he would support the Senate’s final version of health care reform. But in doing so he cast blame for the loss of a public option for insurance coverage partially on the president’s shoulders and urged House and Senate negotiators to re-insert the government-run plan back into the legislation during conference committee.
Click through, and read the statement. If the public option fails to return in conference, think about how many liberals will be demoralized and outraged. Few–if any–of those same Democrats will want to go to the polls to support a President who failed to go to bat for their cherished public option. And that will lead to significant Republican gains in November of 2010.