Thursday, September 03, 2009
Writing in Salon, Gene Lyons says
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If President Obama expects Congress to pass a healthcare reform bill worth signing, he'd better grasp that "bipartisanship" is a means, not an end. (...)
The White House ought to have learned from unanimous Republican opposition to the economic stimulus. (...)
Remarkably, Obama failed to get the message. Seemingly preoccupied with the president's image as a transformative figure, the White House keeps trying to negotiate with people who seek his political destruction.
On healthcare reform, Obama has mainly his own high-minded fecklessness to blame. To alter the cliché, he hasn't just brought a knife to a gunfight, he's brought a cake knife.
More like a butter knife, if you ask me.
how about disclosing gene lyons was a hillary partisan during the primaries?
The White House ought to have learned from unanimous Republican opposition to the economic stimulus.
um, collins, specter, snow?
Seemingly preoccupied with the president's image as a transformative figure, the White House keeps trying to negotiate with people
if obama was counting on bipartisanship, he wouldn't have laid the groundwork months ago, back in april, in passing legislation that not only enabled the 50 vote reconciliation process, but also bars republicans from filibustering the healthcare bill. but he did.
it's not republicans who are the problem, it's senate democrats. it's max baucus who is holding up the bill in committee, not grassley.
re the stimulus package, people bitch it was too small, but obama got what he could. he needed collins' vote. the reconciliation process wasn't available then.