Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Neophyte

I just watched the first 2 minutes of President Obama's recent Fox News interview; frankly that's all I could stand of it.  Interesting though was his statement from 1:23 to 1:45.  In that stretch he invalidated his own party's attempt at obfuscation via the "Slaughter rule" by saying a vote for or against the bill, regardless of the procedural means by which it happens, is a vote for or against his health care reform. 

This was a rookie move in at least two ways,  First, he is so fixated on getting this particular bill passed that he has become completely oblivious to the fact that the vast majority of Americans do not want this health care reform bill.  He is driving his presidency onto the rocks for this and hopefully he'll be a one-term President as a result.

Secondly, he is taking Democrat control of the House, and probably the Senate too, down with him.  By declaring this vote a vote for or against his health care plan he has taken away a "get out of jail free" card from the Democrat reps who are up for re-election who support his bill.  Those that vote for it, regardless of the procedural maneuvers by which it comes to a vote, can no longer insulate themselves from the voters' anger by claiming they didn't really vote for the bill.  All their opponents have to do is trot out that clip and hoist them on the petards of their own President.

The dude is a clueless neophyte. 

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