For all of the panic in Democratic ranks right now, the reality of the situation is stunningly simple. In the span of twenty-four hours, the House of Representatives--the House in which Democrats command a huge majority, in which liberals actually have some sway, and in which leadership actually has power--could put health care reform on the president's desk for signing.
One lousy vote. One lousy, stinking roll call vote. That's the only hurdle in the way of health care reform.
Put the merits aside for a moment. As a political matter, it's awfully easy for Cohn to say. After all, he isn't going to lose his job in November if it turns out that voters are more inclined to vote against a member who supported a package that passed as opposed to a member who supported a package that failed.