Two years ago, it was promised1 that everything in the Health Care Bill and all the negotiations that went along with its passage would be televised on C-SPAN.
Well, that's not exactly how it all went down. Instead, the full text of the bill wasn't released until a week and a half before the vote and the most important negotiations--mostly between moderates and the White House--were behind closed doors.
The C-SPAN thing was a great idea. I wish we'd have thought of it sooner, really. What we got instead was politics as usual. Major disappointment for me.
1. CNN Presidential Debate 1/2008, interview with St. Peterburg Times 5/2008, Virginia town hall meeting 8/2008, Google Q & A session 11/2008