If that pithy quote proves true, the health care reform bill headed for the Senate floor is about to get all wet.
Senator Harry Reid made the decision to advance a bill including a public option - well sort of. It would create a government plan to serve as competition for private insurance companies - but it allows states to opt out.
The very existence of the option in the bill makes it a tough sell. No Republicans will support it. Neither will Independent Senator Joe Lieberman, and even some moderate Democrats are now on the fence.
But if there is a public plan at all, experts say it will be more effective in negotiating lower prices if it's truly national.
Without the 60 votes necessary to block a filibuster, this bill may end up on the ground - like a broken umbrella after a storm.
That's a page from my notebook.
I'm Katie Couric, CBS News