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« The Numbers Guy | Main | Health care and procedural tricks (Joe) »

August 20, 2009


I think at this point Obama does have to get some testicular fortitude just like Frank did with that lady. There are some people out there with whom there is no reasoning. If it is a moral imperative as he says(I think it is), then it is time to put his foot down and say we are doing it. He has a majority; it's time to use it. If the other side does not like it, tough beans. That was exactly what they did the last 8 years, steamroll on the basis of their majority. Payback is a "starts with B and rhymes with witch." Seriously, if he does not grab the reins, display some serious leadership, and stop the "bipartisan" feel good tactics, not only is he going to lose, he is not getting re-elected. And do we really want those folks again in power after the last time? Dissent is one thing. Artificial outrage and intimidation by the willfully ignorant is something else, and it should not be tolerated. Not for the good of the rest of us.

Best, and keep on blogging.

Hi Angel, long-time-no-see. Welcome back.

Many people I know are feeling the same way you and I are. Yesterday I heard a major union leader warn that if Obama and the Democrats don't deliver on health care and insurance reform, they can forget about retaining a majority in the House in 2010 and even the Senate down the road. I am not sure why the Dems behave like limp noodles even when they have both a moral and an operational advantage over the opposition.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson expresses the same frustration in his op-ed piece today.

Glenn Greenwald last week: "The Obama White House isn't sitting impotently by while Democratic Senators shove a bad bill down its throat. This is the bill because this is the bill which Democratic leaders are happy to have. It's the bill they believe in."

Great post, Ruchira.

Thanks, Joe. I just hope that we don't give up on this one this time.

The Glenn Greenwald article Dean has linked to is on the money. I am tired of Obama / Emanuel constantly caving in to the 'conservative' wing of the Democratic Party and to Republicans while dissing the progressives routinely. And I am still gnashing my teeth that Howard Dean, who as the DNC Chair, proved Rahm Emanuel's strategy completely wrong during the last election, has not been included in any Health Care Reform policy decisions. I have heard Dean speak on this matter. Being a doctor and an ex-governor, he knows what he is talking albout. It is a pleasure to hear him make the case for reform. He is cogent, precise and has that rare quality for a Dem, fearless.

An interesting analysis of the US health care reform issue, as seen by a Brit.

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