Correction:  Huffingtonpost’s compilation of backgrouond on the position of our Missouri House delegation is from August — and has changed significantly since then.  Emanuel Cleaver is innocent of back-tracking and I offer my mea culpas for not registering the fact that the “8”  in the date means August, not September.

According to information gathered from Missouri newspapers by the Huffington Post today:

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO): “I’m willing to Push the Reset Button.” “Cleaver willing to start over on health care bill. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver told reporters this morning he’s willing to start from scratch on a health care reform bill, as many Republicans have suggested. “I’m willing to push the reset button,” Cleaver said, although he appeared skeptical about the prospects for any new legislation from a restart of the process. The Missouri Democrat also said health care reform is “too important” to be passed with only Democratic votes, as White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has recently suggested. Cleaver also said if health reform isn’t passed by year’s end, it won’t happen. That, he agreed, effectively gives the GOP veto power over any legislation for the next 90 days or so, once Congress returns after Labor Day. (Dave Helling, “Cleaver Willing To Start Over On Health Care Bill,” The Kansas City Star, 8/19/09)

Wasn’t he supposed to be one of the bright lights of the Progressive Caucus who promised to stand strong on the public option?  So what’s he doing on a list of Blue Dogs pushing conciliation with the Republicans? Did I miss something? What happened?  

At least Lacy Clay seems to be standing by his word:

Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, is among the unwavering on the public option. In a statement to Political Fix, Clay asserted today that a public insurance plan “is the only way to force insurance companies to control costs, treat their customers fairly and spur competition. (Bill Lambrecht, “Clay: Public Option “Only Way” To Control Costs, Spur Competition,” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/18/09)