The Senate Finance Committee vote was a relatively small procedural hurdle in itself — despite all the hoopla. But it was a useful marker, distinguishing between a period when a lot of the health care politicking was done in the open and now when most of it is being done behind closed doors. Today, that’s what we’re trying to get a handle on — a series of behind closed door meeting involving various key senators and (we’re still trying to confirm this latter point) White House officials to hammer out strategy for getting from this point to an eventual bill.
Also of interest, we’re getting close to the small number of high-profile races at the beginning of the next month. The big races, of course, are the NJ and VA governor’s races. But there are also new signs that the Crist-Rubio primary in Florida may turn out to be a real race. We’ll be taking stock of each of these races today and also looking at the campaigning President Obama is going to be doing in these key contests.
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Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.