Rahm Emanuel gives a reality check to liberals who may be disillusioned with healthcare compromises:

“Let’s be honest,” Rahm Emanuel said in a recent interview. “The goal isn’t to see whether I can pass this through the executive board of the Brookings Institution. I’m passing it through the United States Congress with people who represent constituents.”

He went on: “I’m sure there are a lot of people sitting in the shade at the Aspen Institute — my brother being one of them — who will tell you what the ideal plan is. Great, fascinating. You have the art of the possible measured against the ideal.”

Emanuel's brother, of course, is Ezekiel Emanuel, an M.D., bioetheticst and healthcare adviser to President Obama.