Every once in a while, I’m in the mood for a real political “inside baseball” piece. And no one does them like the New York Times. On Sunday morning, as I obsessively refreshed Talking Points Memo’s comprehensive Countdown to Reform Wire to get the latest on the historic healthcare vote, I thoroughly enjoyed this NYT piece, which outlines how Obama and Pelosi joined forces to push the bill through in the wake of Scott Brown’s election. It’s fascinating to read the nuts and bolts of how what I honestly thought was the death knell for healthcare reform actually woke up the Democratic leadership and spurred them to action. Lots of great detail — like the fact that Obama himself persuaded Kucinich to vote yes during an Air Force One ride. If you’re the least bit curious about how the Dems pulled it off, this is a must-read.
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