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Even as Gov. Phil Bredesen was declaring himself "a happy Democrat,"
he also was saying today he thinks Scott Brown's Massachusetts victory might have been "a good thing." That's because, according to Bredesen, it might shock Democrats out of this insane notion that they should fix our health care system and make them think like Republicans.
In the governor's mind, people are worried about losing their jobs, and they don't care about health care reform. It seems to Pith that a lot of people are worried about what they'll do about health care insurance if they lose their jobs. But what do we know? As Bredesen is fond of saying, he's the one with his finger on the pulse of the Waffle House crowd. Here's the governor telling reporters how much it pleases him that Democrats might drop health care reform now that they no longer hold that magical 60th vote in the Senate:
"I think the burdens on the states were substantial. If they come back at this again, I hope that they can find a way to do it that does not involve just passing significant portions of the bill onto the states. We clearly need to do some things in the way of health reform. There's lots of different opinions as to what those ought to be, and mine are probably different than someone else's about what that is.
"I really do believe, however, as someone who is in the world in terms of being a practicing politician, I really do believe you've got to respond to what's on the public's mind at a certain level. I think it had gotten a little off track with the public being very very concerned about the economy and jobs and the prospect of losing jobs, and the Congress off designing health reform to take place in the latter part of the next decade. To the extent that what happened in Massachusetts kind of brings everybody back, puts their feet on the ground with what people are really concerned about right now, it will have been a good thing."