I was reminded of this line from Through the Looking Glass when I saw this Big Bipartisan Healthcare Summit Review post from Shakesville this morning. Months of work and where is Congress? Exactly where they started, with the Republicans saying no to absolutely everything, no matter what's suggested. If Obama and the democrats had taken this "we don't need the republicans" approach right from the start, we could've had a bill passed months ago. Not only that, it would've been a better bill, one that hadn't been watered down by attempts at bipartisan pandering.
"Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else — if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing.""A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"
The only small consolation in this mess is the fact that there are still people out there trying very hard to get the public option into the bill. If that could happen I think it might all be worth it.