Gagging On Half a Loaf

In one of her debates with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton (who's forgotten more about health care than hacks like Kent Conrad will ever know) said Democrats needed to insist that their plan provide universal coverage (which Obama has always been lukewarm about), or else the opposition would "nibble it to death." Well, as usual, Hillary was right.  The Republicans and their crazed wingnut hordes have been nibbling away like the killer rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and they may very well succeed in getting President Obama to sign a shitty bill.

But missing from this depressing story in today's New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/06/health /policy/06lessons.html?_r=1&ref=poli tics) is any indication that Barack Obama himself -- who's been lauded for playing chess while lesser politicians played checkers -- has much interest in the health care endgame from a policy standpoint.  He seems prepared to sign anything, which might be why, at each potential inflection point during the course of the debate, he has chosen to make himself invisible.  And politics abhors a vacuum.

This is the problem with Democratic strategists in general and Obama in particular.  They're still afraid of looking too liberal.  So in the end, because they refuse to lead, they look weak, even in victory, as they pass a milquetoast bill that they then have to sell -- without conviction -- to a still skeptical public.

But maybe this time, the Democratic base might get royally pissed off.  What -- really -- have we got to lose?

(From my blog http://partisandawn.wordpress.com/)

Tags: Bipartisanship, Democratic Party, Healthcare, obama, strategy (all tags)

Comments

7 Comments

Nobody will care if the base gets pissed off

Obama is safe where he is for the next three years.  

by Kent 2009-09-06 04:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Nobody will care if the base gets pissed off

No contributions, primary challenges, third party efforts. The Democratic establishment is gutless and out of touch with the people.  Why support them?

by Upstate Dem 2009-09-06 04:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Nobody will care if the base gets pissed off

They have corporate PAC money.  That is really all that they need.  

by Kent 2009-09-06 05:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Gagging On Half a Loaf

Kent/USD - what are you doing arguing with yoursel?

by Khun David 2009-09-06 06:49PM | 0 recs
Wow

this is really crazy, you're arguing with yourself.

We already know you're UpstateDem Kent, you were caught a few months ago writing identical things on DailyKos and MyDD...don't bother trying to act like you're two different people.

by DTOzone 2009-09-06 08:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Gagging On Half a Loaf

Haha, im Upstate Dem.  Or am I???????

by Kent 2009-09-06 08:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Gagging On Half a Loaf

Well, guy(s), I think you missed the point of that debate.  Hillary Clinton was arguing that you need individual mandates and was describing anything else as not being universal.

by Jess81 2009-09-08 03:37PM | 0 recs

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