Greg Kauffman of the Nation is unimpressed with Senator Baucus:
The party has a popular president, a strong majority in the House and a filibuster-proof sixty-member caucus in the Senate. It also has 72 percent of all Americans–including 87 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of Republicans–saying they want a public plan option to compete with the waste and greed of private, for-profit plans.
Only the Democrats could blow this one. And if they do, there will be plenty of blame to spread around. Starting with Senator Max Baucus.
Baucus has emerged as perhaps the greatest obstacle to achieving a robust public plan.