The Nelson Tell

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September 8, 2009 6:55 a.m.

There’s a lot of storm and confusion right now. And no one’s going to put their cards on the table until after Obama speaks. But the biggest tell I’ve seen over the last few days was Ben Nelson’s announcement yesterday that he’ll support a ‘triggered’ public option.

The question for the White House right now isn’t what’s ideal from a political or policy standpoint. It’s finding some way to thread this needle. Because at this point, most of the pathways on the right and the left of this question seem firmly blocked. And this is the one, maybe the only one, that might not be.

We’ll have more on this later today.

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