Harold Meyerson has a must read editoral here. Meyerson cites a CBS/New York Times poll which found that when asked about the adoption of a Medicare-like option for everyone, 65 percent of respondents indicated they favored such a plan, while 26% opposed it. You could not tell it from the endless news coverage that such a resounding majority favor a public option.
Meyerson continutes, “…Ezra Klein asked North Dakota Democratic Senator Kent Conrad yesterday why he didn’t support the public option, Conrad replied, ‘I don’t think a government-run plan best fits this culture.’” Then Meyerson delivers this killer line: “In Conrad’s mind, such as it is, American culture doesn’t seem to be shaped by the American people.”
The media’s coverage of idiots, who show up at a rally with guns straped on, may give some people the false sense that these folks represent our culture. They most surely do not.