Harry Reid has quite a challenge ahead. He has to somehow, someway figure out to bring a health care reform bill to the Senate floor that can garner 60 votes to pass the Senate. If he adds some form of the public option, he's probably going to lose Olympia Snowe, the lone Republican backing the bill as it stands now. He also runns the risk of losing moderates like Ben Nelson, Blanche Lincoln, etc. Poof goes 60.
It wouldn't surprise me to see a Senate bill emerge without the public option but have it put in there in some form when Senate-House Conferees meet when bills pass both the House and Senate.
Look, liberals like Senators Rockefeller and Schumer tried to get the public option into the senate Finance Committee bill. They failed. They'll try again to get it into the full Senate version, If they fail again, they'll try one more time during the Conferees meeting. It is there where you would think some compromise would be worked out. That makes most sense. The trick will be a public option version that keeps moderate Senate Democrats and Olympia Snowe on board that keep Reid at that 60 vote threshold.
And now ladies and gentlemen, I have a video analogy for you. Below is an act that is just a little less difficult than what Harry Reid has in front of him this week. Harry Reid is the man in white. Olympia Snowe could be the woman in the sequin dress.