Just like his vote to authorize the Iraq War, Sen. John Kerry was "for" the public health insurance option before he was "against" it. In an interview with the Associated Press, the former Democratic presidential nominee becomes the latest capitulating Democrat to invoke WWTD: What Would Ted Kennedy Do?
Kerry said Kennedy would fight for the public option and "do everything in his power to get it," but "if he didn't see the ability ... to get it done, he would not throw the baby out with the bathwater."
There's also this interview with TIME where Kerry discusses dropping the public option in the name of "bipartisanship" to—wait for it—"preserve" Kennedy's legacy: "Kerry has been watching the coverage following Kennedy's death, and he worries about progressives using Kennedy's passing as an excuse to dig in their heels on the inclusion of a public option, a key point of contention. Senate Republicans have said they will not vote for a bill with one in it."
But that is news that Kerry believes Senate Democrats and the White House are "fighting" for something. There are quite a few Democrats fighting for several things right now. Unfortunately none of them are in the White House.