It was after Ted Kennedy died. Graham balked after the BP disaster. Eric Pooley’s book on this is good and so is this longread.

Agree with you Dems didn’t push hard enough. Evan Bayh hemming and hawing in public about the bill was also incredibly frustrating. One thing I think people underestimate is how Obama and Dems gave things away in good faith expecting R votes in exchange and whoops no R votes to be had. Nuke funding in that article is a good example.



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Democracy is pretty cool. We should try it some time. Voting rights, science policy, political communication and grassroots activism.