Obama has about two months ...
To capture or kill Osama Bin Laden. That would give him an enormous political boost and allow him to steer heal care legislation in the direction he wants.
If he doesn't get Bin Laden, then the conservative Democrats in Congress will call the tune.
After all that talk during about the campaign about how the Bush administration "took their eye off" the simple task of killing Bin Laden and "outsourced" the job, surely they won't miss this opportunity to show just how trivially easy it is to kill the man.
More specifically, they have until 9/12/09 to get the bill passed. That's when the tea party march on Washington will take place, and 100,000+ angry conservative protesters on the mall may well unnerve Congress enough to kill the whole thing.
doggers will vote for it in the end. they're dragging their feet now because they want "sweetners" thrown their way in exchange for signing onto the passing it.
i still wonder what would have happened if the okay wasn't given to allow the extended bin laden family to fly out of the country after the event.
notice how there are no wealthy saudis royals sitting in gitmo. it's all grubby peasants instead. their real crime is for being poor.