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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-20-09 05:39 PM
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Pres Obama was asked twice today about his quest for bi-partisanship
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Here's #1 from the radio interview. I guess that must have been the Smerconish thing /
The Plum Line - Greg Sargent's Blog (A Washington Post Publication)

Obama Supporter Confronts President - Your Knees Are Buckling

(The question from a caller)
Im getting a little ticked off that it feels like the knees are buckling a little bit. You have an overwhelming majority in both the House and the Senate, and you own the whole shooting match. And Im just not getting its very frustrating to watch you try and compromise with a lot of these people who arent willing to compromise with you.

(Greg Sargent)
Lot of folks have wanted to tell the President that for some time, and it was interesting to hear someone do it. Obama answered by vowing that health care reform would pass, and as I noted below, he did acknowledge that the GOP wants him to fail:

(President Obama)
"I would love to have more Republicans engaged and involved in this process. I think early on a decision was made by the Republican leadership that said, look, lets not give them a victory and maybe we can have a replay of 1993-94 when Clinton came in; he failed on health care and then we won in the midterm elections and we got the majority. And I think theres some folks who are taking a page out of that playbook."

Obama, in other words, implicitly agreed with the callers claim that the GOP opposition isnt willing to compromise. But then Obama added that he wants to give Chuck Grassley and Mike Enzi a chance because theyve been working constructively.

Wow! Can't be much more direct than that caller - And yet Pres Obama persists in saying that Grassley(!) is working "constructively"! This, right after Grassley has been running around like the biggest A-hole in the world tossing out ultimatums to Pres Obama. I'm sorry, but saying that Grassley is working constructively makes the President look out of touch and even a bit foolish.

The 2nd time he was asked about bi-partisanship was during the OFA online conference which I caught a bit of. Sorry, no transcript - perhaps someone else can post it.

I was going to try to post what I caught, but decided I'm uncomfortable doing that since I don't want to be inaccurate. I did write down that he said that he wanted " a good product that includes Republican ideas (might be ideals)"

In all honesty, I think the only idea the Republicans have about healthcare reform is - "stop it" and if they can't stop it, water it down so much as to make it a crappy shell of what it could and should be.

So, again, I'm mystified about the Abominable Snowman search for bi-partisanship. I do have a new and different perspective in light of many things that seem to be emerging from this debate about reform. My new sense is that Dems don't really want much more reform than the Repubs do. They want to compromise away all the meat and then blame it on the Repubs even though the only ones they have been seriously negotiating with is themselves.
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