On the same page?

Sunday, January 24th, 2010 @ 5:37 pm | Health Care

Robert Gibbs seems to understand things fairly well:

Putting aside some of his careful talk, it struck me how happy I was not to be seeing Ari Fleischer, Scott McClellan, Tony Snow, or Dana Perino on the screen lying to me constantly in support of a horrific agenda. Gibbs fundamentally gets it, and seems to be fully aware of the treacherous political landscape the Obama White House is finding itself in. He still throws in a few too many squishy qualifiers, but he appears to finally feel the fire under his ass.

His advantage, however, is that the ball is in the House’s court. The Senate can negotiate with 51 members willing to add fixes via reconciliation, able to offer the House a better deal than Joe Lieberman or Ben Nelson (and, of course, a big improvement on the GOP’s extended middle finger). I know not everything can be done via reconciliation, and I expect House members to know that as well.

It’s important that Democrats itching to retreat at this point see only bayonets behind them, charging forward. Retreat is simply unacceptable at this point, and would be one of the purest expressions of the term, “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.” Democrats can win on the bill with one vote in the House, or face a political tsunami of rage and inconvenient indifference. Any American with hopes for repairing our broken system and who fears that they may one day slip through the health care cracks can feel somewhat reassured that the future won’t be so grim. Should the bill die, tens of millions of Americans will have little choice but to despair as the one party they’re supposed to trust on health care fumbles the ball on the five yard line.


6 Responses to “On the same page?”

  1. Jldmeyer Says:

    It is ironic that those who want to kill this bill, the most rigid of the far right, want our country to basically be run as survival of fittest. We saw them in town halls shouting down people in wheelchairs or whom were sick. Their care is a waste of taxpayer dollars in their eyes. Those who swear by the good book and who deny Darwin certainly have no problem living by his “theory” very well. If the Democrats can’t even pass a bill with a majority then Obama was wrong in even bothering to try. The phrase “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory” is very fitting and I can totally see it happening.

  2. jeromy Says:

    Rightwingers are massive Darwinists when it comes to economics.

  3. Scott Says:

    The world has not seen a case of overreach like this since Napoleon had to drag his ass back to Paris. Most democrats are wise enough to recognize it as such and are refusing to charge forward. They obviously have a well tuned flee response which allows them to fight another day. I dont know about Darwin but Herbert Spencer would cetainly be impressed.

  4. jeromy Says:

    Scott with the dispatch from crazyland.

  5. jeromy Says:

    p.s. Spencer pretty much was a Darwinist, agnostic but dedicated to the belief that the laws of science applied in all cases. Except he somewhat misinterpreted natural selection to mean “survival of the fittest,” (he coined the term) and as an inevitable march towards some kind of ideal perfection. In reality, the “fittest” are merely those who survive. Any other quality can be selected or deselected, only survival really counts. If you exist, you are fit, you win.

  6. cbmc Says:

    if there’s one thing online righties are great with it’s a copy-and-paste function