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Monday, February 08, 2010

What part of They Want Him to Fail does Obama not understand?
Posted by Jill | 5:08 AM
Either Barack Obama really enjoys being kicked in the teeth, or he wants to make sure Republicans share the blame when health care reform fails. Those are the only two explanations for this:
President Obama said Sunday that he would convene a half-day bipartisan health care session at the White House to be televised live this month, a high-profile gambit that will allow Americans to watch as Democrats and Republicans try to break their political impasse.

Mr. Obama made the announcement in an interview on CBS during the Super Bowl pre-game show, capitalizing on a vast television audience. He set out a plan that would put Republicans on the spot to offer their own ideas on health care and show whether both sides are willing to work together.

“I want to come back and have a large meeting, Republicans and Democrats, to go through systematically all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward,” Mr. Obama said in the interview from the White House Library.

Mr. Obama challenged Republicans to attend the meeting with their plans for lowering the cost of health insurance and expanding coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans. Republican leaders said they welcomed the opportunity and called on Democrats to start the debate from scratch, which the president said he would not do.

Politically it may benefit Obama for the Republicans to be seen as simply obstructionist. But the longing for bipartisanship is something that does not exist in the American public, or at least it didn't until he started looking like a complete wuss for continuing to seek common ground with people who want him impeached as ineligible to be president, jailed for being a terrorist, or dead -- and that's the Republicoteabag party in a nutshell. Bipartisanship is a longing by the talking heads of the media, not by people whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by ever-spiraling health care costs. Like calling for a three-year freeze in spending that would be the WORST thing to do for a still-sputtering economy, this has the smell of utter, abject, bullshit fear about it. And we all know that when Republicans smell fear, they go into a feeding frenzy.

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