Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Obama Rolls Snake Eyes
I couldn't believe we needed a joint session of Congress for this.
The days when Obama could defy logic, confound reason and bedazzle the masses are well and truly over.
Nothing much new here, except the strident tone in front of Congress with phrases like "Misinformation," "bogus claims," "scare tactics," "such a charge would be laughable" and "it is a lie plain and simple". Characterizing dissent and resistance to his desires as 'bickering.'
And oh, just as an aside, the president's correct when he says that there are lies being told about death panels and rationing. What he doesn't mention is that the lies are coming from him, as usual.
Usually Obama saves that kind of nasty pique for the True Believers at places like AFL-CIO meetings and doesn't exhibit it in prime time. Not tonight, and it didn't play all that well.
Did you see the laughter when Obama said, with all seriousness "There are some details to be worked out" ? Barry kind of half way smiled, but I bet he was seething inside.And in truth, the only 'details to be worked out' are the ones between him and the Democrat leadership on how to shove this through and whom to lean on.
From the way Obama is talking, I think he has come to a rather fateful decision.Rather than actually try to come to any kind of consensus, he's going to try to pull out all the stops to push this through.
He's going to unleash Rahm Emanuel and Nancy Pelosi to try and threaten, cajole and bribe any reluctant Donkeys to take one for the team. He wants them, essentially, to risk their seats for him and he's putting them in an impossible position
If they do, many of them will be toast. The majority of seniors now realize that Zero plans to pay part of the obscene cost of the healthcare bill on their backs by cutting some $622 billion from Medicare and Medicaid over the next 10 years. They will vote against anyone who supports this in droves.
And if these congressmen don't vote for Obamacare, Obama and Rahm Emanuel will see to it that there's retribution when it comes to DNC money, committee assignments and other perks. As Obama once said to a Democrat congressman who voted against the so-called stimulus, "Don't think we're not keeping score."
The Congressional Dems are already getting heat from back home for a 'stimulus' that's actually increased unemployment and for cap n' tax, now stalled in the senate. There's no way they can take the additional heat for ObamaCare, carrying water for a president with sharply declining popularity.
For that matter, Obama's in a no-win position as well. If he jams this through, the GOP has a superb issue to run on and its the one thing that could end the Democrats congressional majority next year.
If he falls on his face and he can't get the votes to pass this, he's likewise toast.
The smart thing for Zero to do tonight would have been to be conciliatory, to reach out to the GOP and Conservative Democrats, put the rancor behind him and signal his openness to consensus on getting a health care reform bill together that the American people could live with.
Instead, he chose to behave like an arrogant punk.."The time for action is now. No more discussion! Uh..pay no attention to that little man behind the curtain!"
All of which goes to prove something I've often commented on.For all his supposed intellectual prowess, the current occupant of the White House simply isn't all that bright.
At least when it comes to anything remotely involving common sense.