Posted by: Rick | Friday, February 26, 2010

And The Rest Was Noise

Mitch McConnell after the health care summit:

“I was discouraged by the outcome,” said [the Senate Minority Leader]. “But we’re happy to continue to discuss the areas of agreement.  It’s just that I do not believe there will be any Republican support for this 2,700-page bill.” [Emphasis added]

This was always going to be the endgame.  Frank Luntz — recycler of the obstructionist political advice on health care that Bill Kristol gave in 1993 — is running the Republican Party. 

Still, the summit was a very valuable exercise.  Every “bipartisan” effort of the past year has been a complete waste of time — except for this one.  Obama and the Democrats have now walked the last mile.  They’re free to do what they should have done a long time ago: pass health care reform on their own, sell the public on its tangible benefits and begin hammering the GOP for standing in the way.

Addendum: Republican Senator Jon Kyl made this extraordinarily idiotic statement after the summit:

“I just don’t think the president was listening even though he invited us to hear our ideas,” Kyl said.  “He actually consumed more time than all of the Republicans combined or all of the Democrats combined and much of it was responding to our ideas.  So it wasn’t a matter of just inviting us down to listen to our ideas.  He wanted to argue with us.”  [Emphasis added]

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  1. Really? Your willing to ignore the constitution and pass this bill without the support of the majority of Americans?

    Healthcare is not an award to be played for. This is going to effect the lives of 300million people. I would hope that the Democrats do not pass this just to prove they can.


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