“If we in the Senate pledge to fix those top priorities right away through reconciliation... the House of Representatives should pass the Senate bill. The exact details of this process need to be worked out by the leadership and the President.”Sounds like a plan. Meanwhile . . . the President continues to send mixed messages -- “we should be deliberate . . . take our time . . . not let the moment slip away” -- zig and zag, which infuriates progressives in Congress, who patiently went to bat for him. Rham Emanuel's “fucking retards”* swallowed concession after concession to get something, anything, done on healthcare. I'll say it again: Mr. Emanuel and his Clintonian strategy of deference to the DINOs, sweetheart deals, and concessions to corporate interests while throwing progressives under the bus, has achieved exactly . . . what? A rerun of the Clinton healthcare debacle of 1995, when Emanuel was in the White House!
The President keeps pushing the “bipartisan” button, which is like trying to accelerate a Toyota Prius and hoping it doesn't stall. Mr. Obama's latest fantasy is to sit down with Democrats and Republicans and healthcare professionals, go over the bills, and have a final vote; on live TV. Not gonna happen; the Republicans WILL NOT participate. How many times, in how many different ways, do we have to say this, Sir, before it registers? “Maybe I’m naïve,” mused Mr. Obama. (You said it.) Yes Sir, YOU ARE. Jeez . . .
Of the 40 or so people invited to the President’s Super Bowl party, one Republican will attend: Rep. Joseph Cao, the single Republican YES vote for the House healthcare bill. Now that’s “bipatisanship” we can believe in. Incidentally, DINOs Mary Landrieu and Evan Bayh sent their regrets, but will not attend. Doesn't that tell you something, Mr. President?
Just take Senator Franken's suggestion, Democrats, and GET IT DONE.
*If Rham Emanuel gets this done, he should stay; if he blows it now, he should go. As for the comment, made last year in a closed-door meeting, Mr. Emanuel apologized, as he should have. But Sarah Palin's conduct is the height of hypocrisy. After criticizing Emanuel and calling for his firing, Palin refused to apply the same standard to Rush Limbaugh when he used the term in a more despicable way -- broadcast live to millions (see below). Limbaugh even boasted that Palin's “spokeswoman” called him “in a panic” to say Palin did not use Limbaugh’s name. Sarah “Caribou Barbie” Palin: You are contemptible.