Can Obama's Nobel Prize help pass health care reform?

Jerome argued earlier today that Obama's transformative message, the size of the Democratic majorities in Congress, and the impact of the Nobel Peace Prize on our global standing all combine to create the perfect atmosphere for passing the President's progressive agenda. An easy counter to that is to say that the "he doesn't deserve the award" backlash will actually hobble him here at home. The question is, can Obama's Nobel Peace Prize help pass progressive health care reform?

Larry Sabato thinks it can.

For President Obama, the enhanced prestige is an intangible element that can help him on the international stage. It may also make some difference in his quest for health care reform. This is because the success of a health care bill now depends almost entirely on Democratic votes in Congress, and Democrats will be the ones most impressed by the award. What a difference a week makes, huh? The Nobel Peace Prize certainly wipes out the embarrassment of Obama's Olympics disaster!

Also on the plus side, think of the TV ad that David Axelrod can craft for Obama's 2012 reelection. The other three U.S. presidential winners either received the award in their second terms (Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson) or long after the White House years (Jimmy Carter). Obama will be the first one who can actually put the Nobel Prize to good political use.

I agree with Sabato. We've seen a significant surge in momentum for health care reform and even the public option in recent weeks: McConnell's tepid criticism of the Baucus bill, retired Republican endorsements for reform, and overwhelming popular support for the public option. Alone, the Nobel Peace Prize may not have meant much, but as part of a line of positive news, it could mean a great deal, adding to some serious momentum and pushing us over that final line.

I won't take up space on the front-page with my thoughts on the prize itself, especially after Jerome's post, but if you're interested you can read them here: "Obama's Nobel Prize, While Largely Undeserved, Is Good For America."

Tags: Barack Obama, health care reform, Larry Sabato (all tags)



39,000 Cracking Blue Dog Heads for Healthcare

If a Nobel Prize doesn't impress Blue Dogs, then you can join the 39,000 for cracking Blue Dog heads on healthcare by signing this petition: /p-dkos

Wednesday night Rachel Maddow revealed that, "Two major powerbrokers on the left...are encouraging a Senate strategy in which the leadership would revoke chairmanships and other leadership positions from any Democrat who sides with a Republican filibuster to block a vote on health reform."

"This is cracking heads time in the Democratic Party right now. This is arm-twisting, vote-counting, "are you a real Dem" time for the proponents of health reform." go&feature=player_embedded

Since then, thousands of progressives have signed the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's newpetition to Senate Leader Harry Reid saying, "Any Democratic senators who support a Republican attempt to block a vote on health care reform should be stripped of their leadership titles. Americans deserve a clean up-or-down vote on health care."

Sign here: /p-dkos  

Over 39,000 folks signed the petition since Rachel's show -- can we beat 50,000 before we deliver the signatures to Harry Reid on Monday?

Click here: /p-dkos

Thousands of people have joined purely through word of mouth, so please send this post to your friends and recommend it on Kos, so others see. (HUNDREDS of folks have also shared it on Facebook and Twitter!) /p-dkos

by judybrowni 2009-10-09 10:55AM | 0 recs
A Healthcare debate must read

This is a must read from someone who is completely non partisan in the fight other than desiring to see a positive financial impact to americans: omy/How-Much-Could-Health-Care-Reform-Sa ve-You/

by BuckeyeBlogger 2009-10-09 11:22AM | 0 recs
Re: Can Obama's Nobel Prize help pass

Those who care about the Nobel and Peace are already likely to be supporting Obama.  I'll bet it helps push all the rest away.  It's a net negative.

This is America, where half the population can't read, and half of those remaining can't add.  And we let those people vote.

by SuperCameron 2009-10-09 12:26PM | 0 recs
Make sure that public option is open to ALL

I've been seeing a lot of politicians deflect the fact that so far, all we're hearing is the public option for a very small percentage, while the rest of us can't get ANY other choice.

by MtnFrost 2009-10-09 12:46PM | 0 recs

The only way this bill passes is with Democratic support. I don't think this award will win any converts from the other side of the aisle.

by tarheel74 2009-10-09 06:20PM | 0 recs


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