Obama Dons Tinfoil Hat: "Republican Conspiracy" is Stalling Health Care Reform [UPDATED]
What a crybaby.
His party has a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and a large majority in the House. They could pass any bill they want and the Republicans could do absolutely nothing about it.
But instead of doing the work necessary to corral the erstwhile members of his own party into backing his boondoggle, he'd rather cry wolf and pass the blame to a totally discredited, ineffectual opposition party who is too busy engaging in infighting over its future direction to be able to mount any serious coordinated opposition.
This must be all that post-partisan hope and change we kept hearing about during the election.
Dr. Krauthammer highlights the Presidents REAL problems:
... Look, this is disingenuous, and it's dishonest. He knows that the reason his proposals are in trouble is because of two things: Democrats in Congress, and the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.Exactly.
In Congress, he's got the Blue Dogs in the House and he's got the moderates in the Senate. And the reason that he's in trouble is because, for example, as we just heard on the public option, it's liberals who are going to hold it up in the House unless you have a public option, and moderates in the Senate who are going to stop it unless it doesn't have it [a public option]. And those are Democrats, not Republicans…
Democrats have a super-majority in the Senate and a huge majority in the House. So that's number one.
And the second thing is the CBO. The president's ideas and proposals are in trouble because he said he did this because health care costs are threatening our economy, and the CBO has said it's [Obamacare] going to cost a fortune...
And that's what is hurting him. It's not Republicans. This is all a strawman...
It's just too bad that Dr. Krauthammer had to also demonstrate, once again, that Sarah Palin has more testicular fortitude than the entire inside-the-beltway girly-boy punditocracy combined.
Hey, Dr. K, death panels are last week's news and, in case you haven't noticed, the provision you object to was removed from the bill specifically because it was Sarah Palin who made it an issue. Besides, if you weren't so busy trying to sound so above it all, you'd have heard that the topic for discussion this week is tort reform.
GOP Chairman Steele to Obama:
"Don't come up in my face talking about I'm an obstacle... You got the votes, Mr. President, pass the bill... Up or down, baby! ... You got the votes ... and it's all about who got the votes... But they know it's poisonous, and they know the American people will not tolerate it."