Part of the answer to the question lies in getting Democrats who favor a strong bill to start pounding the drums and getting the public to pressure legislators to give them what they want. Claire McCaskill has declared herself among those supporting the public option. That’s good, but she could do much more than that. She could energize the public to insist on a decent bill. Call Claire and urge her to do that. She might as well. All she has to lose is the votes of Todd Akin supporters.