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Source: Leadership Poised To Add Public Option, Moderates Mostly Mum


"Baucus met with moderates this morning and got them nervous." Or tried at least. Snowe clearly laid down her mark. And Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) didn't seem particularly pleased. But of all the Senate's conservative Democrats, none have yet rebelled.

"People have been sort of saying, It doesn't make me jump off the ledge." We'll be keeping our eye on them as the week winds down.

We also may know soon whether the White House will fully get behind the idea--and if they don't, it's possible that this trial balloon will pop. But key Democrats in the Senate are walking right up to the edge. It's getting to the point where they'll have an uncomfortable time reversing course.

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