So in between stumbling upon a very interesting story about WKYC (stay tuned!), I watched the health care summit.? I liked it.? It was an exercise in transparency that I don’t think any president in my lifetime has ever attempted.? So, what did we see?

We saw the Republican Party’s desperate refusal to govern in stark relief.? Republicans not only said “no”, they said it in a rehearsed, robotic, scripted display of total obstruction.? Late last night, Chris Matthews lined up all the instances of GOP talking points – “start over”, “kill this bill”, “scrap it”, “step by step”, “blank sheet of paper”, they said them all so often, so precisely the same, it was like watching North Koreans praying “Dear Leader”.

This was Barack going the last, agonizing mile to get any Republican at all to address the country’s problems.? It’s hard to watch, hard to endure, but that effort will pay dividends.? We are used to seeing Democrats cave to Republican obstructionism a lot quicker, with a lot less patience, than Barack Obama is displaying.? Think about it – we are approaching March.? This bill has been declared dead countless times since last August.? It looks likely now to become law, over the protracted, petty, partisan, pathetic petulance of Republicans.? The electorate very much likes, and rewards, that kind of determination.

Short term, the White House has their issue for the fall.? The way is free for Democrats to pass this bill through reconciliation, and let the chips fall where they may.? And if this bill has any visibly positive effects in the population before the election, any at all, Republicans won’t win either house of Congress.

Long term?

Barack Obama is proving that you will not outlast him.? Ever.

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  • Amber

    You need to stop smoking weed because you are seeing things.

    The only thing that is going to “save” Obama for a second term is the time honored tradition/strategy of escalating a conflict, most likely with Iran over nuclear concerns.

    You are going to “see” your idol promise to stop one war to get elected and start another one to get re-elected.

  • Boehner on tax payer funded abortion was the best part. What a complete and total embarassment this chucklehead is!

  • Nifty Lawrence

    So if the Dems decide to pass this/a bill through the reconciliation process, what will be their excuse for not including a public option (they once supported)?

  • LOL. Speaking of needing to stop smoking weed! You need to put the crack pipe down if you buy this notion that Obama will start war with Iran to get re-elected. Seriously. That's the height of delusion.

  • mvirenicus

    i think it's very possible that obama will continue to fail and still be re-elected, maybe even without foreign intervention, although i'd hold off on the laughter for now. i'm an astute political observer if i must say so myself, and obama is beneficiary of a very unique set of historical circumstances that might carry him through 2012, even assuming the rest of this term is as badly bungled as the first year. dems as a whole might not fare so well tho.

  • mvirenicus

    agonizing, tim? agonizing is watching this presidency, so full of potential and launched with massive political capital, squander historic opportunities one after the other in the name of bullshit bipartisanship. this president could have stood before the american people after the stimulus shenanigans and said, “fuck the republican party! we don't need em! we're going to do what's right for this country and its people!” he could have said exactly that and gotten away with it. i guarantee it. but no. instead we get the agony of tepid “compromise” and defeat.

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