Reminder: This Nev­er Ends Well

A lit­tle more than a decade lat­er, the pub­lic option fight should be a har­row­ing cau­tion­ary tale for Biden on both the pol­i­cy and the pol­i­tics. He had a front-row seat in watch­ing a bad-faith Repub­li­can oppo­si­tion kill a much-need­ed ini­tia­tive, and then use Democ­rats’ fail­ure to deliv­er to win at the polls. He of all peo­ple should know that this sto­ry nev­er ends well.

The ques­tion is: Can he and Democ­rats learn from the past?

The same peo­ple who didn’t do enough to help the Amer­i­can peo­ple in 2009, are back in con­trol of the gov­ern­ment now. Why would they learn the les­son of need­ing to help peo­ple if even­tu­al­ly they end up re-elect­ed any­way? Only hold­ing politi­cians account­able will save us from this nev­er end­ing loop between two par­ties whose dif­fer­ences are negligible.