After sparking progressive outrage
, and sending the White House into damage control mode
, a chastened Rahm Emanuel appeared
before House Democrats yesterday to reassure them that the administration stands foursquare behind a public option.
At the meeting, House liberals warned Emanuel that he couldn't count on them to vote for a bill that contains a triggered public option. "We have compromised enough, and we are not going to compromise on any kind of trigger game," Woolsey apparently told Emanuel
. "People clapped all over the place. We mean it, and not just progressives."
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman said Emanuel assured him that "he doesn't stand by [the] trigger."
But all may not be forgiven and forgotten. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, said
the Chief of Staff ""made a hell of a mistake. He made a hell of a mistake and he knows it."
Meanwhile, across the Capitol, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid laid down the law
, urging Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) to walk away from his efforts to reach bipartisan consensus on health care reform--specifically, to advance a bill with a public option, and financed without taxing workers' health benefits. It's unclear as of now how closely the two major developments are connected.