Good news: Obama to appear on five separate chat shows Sunday morning to push ObamaCare

posted at 7:05 pm on September 14, 2009 by Allahpundit

An unprecedented amount of overexposure, nearly realizing my dream of someday being able to turn on the tube and find him staring back as I scroll through every channel. ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Univision (no Fox, natch), plus who knows? Maybe they’ll squeeze in an appearance on the Food Network, to talk about how important it is to have health insurance in case you accidentally put some tinfoil in the microwave or something.

Last week’s speech did do him some good in terms of his approval rating. He’s back up to 58 percent in CNN’s latest, although (a) Gallup still has him flat at 54, precisely where he was last month, and (b) even in the CNN poll, support for ObamaCare itself is up from 48/51 last month to only 51/46 now, a shift that’s within the poll’s three-point margin of error. I know The One loves the garbage narrative he’s concocted that his big obstacle in passing this boondoggle is Republicans, but back in reality he still has yet to square the circle between Blue Dogs and progressives on the public option. How’s that going to work, Barry? Jay Cost wonders:

As of now, the conventional wisdom among the punditocracy is that the public option will be dropped as a way to pick up party moderates, under the assumption that the progressive caucus will go along for the ride. But will they? It is highly unlikely that all of them will. Most of them would presumably be willing to grant at least some small concessions to add votes – but how far are they willing to go? That depends upon individual legislators themselves, which means that – until you get to 218 in the House and 60/51 in the Senate – every concession the leadership makes had better add more moderates than it loses progressives. This is when legislative calculus begins to look like actual calculus!…

In general I am not sure how progressives are going to view any kind of compromise bill that attracts the moderates. Their attitude seems to be one of deep suspicion of the for-profit health industry. Take away the public option, but retain employer and/or individual mandates, and that looks like a big boon to the insurance companies. They might consider that an outright defeat. In that case, the normal calculations of compromise – you get half a loaf versus a whole loaf, but you’re still better off – would not apply. Progressives might think they have not gotten even half a loaf at all!

This points to one big problem with doing comprehensive reforms like this. Different factions have different diagnoses for what ails the system – and when a comprehensive bill is introduced, it inevitably favors one view over another. If the progressives’ view is on the losing end, they might think the bill does not do much of anything. And remember: the President wants to be the “last” to tackle this issue – meaning that the stakes are very high. So, if the progressives think the bill will further solidify the insurance industry’s hold over health care, they might bolt.

Tom Harkin, who just inherited Teddy’s chairmanship of the Senate health committee, talked tough this weekend about a “strong public option” very definitely being in the final bill. But even Susan Collins, the RINO di tutti RINOs, says she won’t vote for that, not even if it’s watered down with a “trigger” provision. That means their one and only path to a government health option is reconciliation. Does Barry have the stones? I’m guessing … no.


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I blah blah blah blahme blah blahI blah blah blahme blah blahI blah blah blah blahmememe… same ol’ same ol’

ya2daup on September 14, 2009 at 9:05 PM

Why doesn’t he go to church instead… Oh never mind.

elderberry on September 14, 2009 at 9:06 PM

Thank the Gods I listen to heavy metal, outlet for all the anger Obama instills in me.

Holger on September 14, 2009 at 9:07 PM

… that two bit jerk oreilly just said on his show only 75000 at the march and no black or hispanic there.I predict beck show will replace him as #1. …

thmcbb on September 14, 2009 at 8:20 PM

What?!? The best analyses I’ve read so far say 350,000 – 450,000 *at a minimum*. I was there, and I think it was a million. (Disclaimer: I’m not a professional crowd estimator.)

I chatted with a lady whose family had escaped Castro’s Cuba when she was a little girl. I saw lots of veterans of all races. So the most charitable thing I can say is that O’Reilly needs new glasses.

Mary in LA on September 14, 2009 at 9:11 PM

letget on September 14, 2009 at 7:30 PM Ferenheit 451

huckelberry on September 14, 2009 at 9:17 PM

……and the perpetual campaign lives on.

BacaDog on September 14, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Maybe they’ll squeeze in an appearance on the Food Network, to talk about how important it is to have health insurance in case you accidentally put some tinfoil in the microwave or something.

That was funny AP!

CP on September 14, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Patrick Swayze died.

Joe Caps on September 14, 2009 at 8:10 PM

Predicted — by The Precedent — on Wednesday, September 9, 2009. Damn you conservative obstructionists! Damn you!

ya2daup on September 14, 2009 at 9:34 PM

The motivational poster.

Stanly on September 14, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Stanly on September 14, 2009 at 9:38 PM

RACIST!

Holger on September 14, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Maybe they’ll squeeze in an appearance on the Food Network, to talk about how important it is to have health insurance in case you accidentally put some tinfoil in the microwave that you were still wearing on your head while drinking The Precedent’s kool-aid or something

ya2daup on September 14, 2009 at 9:43 PM

When the clauses are placed properly, what I meant to write was:

Maybe they’ll squeeze in an appearance on the Food Network, to talk about how important it is to have health insurance in case you accidentally put some tinfoil that you were still wearing on your head in the microwave while drinking The Precedent’s kool-aid or something

ya2daup on September 14, 2009 at 9:46 PM

Pretty soon this goof is going to be transmitting to the fillings in my teeth.

ppaint on September 14, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Makes no difference to me…don’t watch any of them. Well, sometimes Univision, when they have some fine looking ladies on there. ‘=)

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 14, 2009 at 10:02 PM

I guess The One can’t go on “Meet The Press” because even as left as David Gregory is, even Gregory can’t let The One tell outright lies without at least questioning him, or else Gregory would lose all credibility, and he does have some (ok, a little, not much I know, but yes he does. Quit yelling at me.)

The One is the King of the Straw Man: he takes what his opponents say and instead of addressing what they ACTUALLY said, he twists it into something else, something ridiculous, so he can easily knock it down.

He is #1 at something: Liar In Chief.

JustTruth101 on September 14, 2009 at 10:05 PM

What an unbelievable ego.

BuckeyeSam on September 14, 2009 at 10:25 PM

An apple Obama a day, keeps the doctor away.”

GrannyDee on September 14, 2009 at 10:38 PM

The anchors must be high as a kite.

Can you imagine the questions? “What has enchanted you…”

PattyJ on September 14, 2009 at 10:49 PM

He might as well do a Chavez and just host his own show for 24 hours straight, or whatever Hugo the Yugo Dictator did.

Daggett on September 14, 2009 at 11:42 PM

Late to the party so I am sure this isn’t the first request. Joe…I will take my autographed pic in 23 x 12.

Thank you.

proudteadrinker on September 15, 2009 at 12:06 AM

ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Univision morning chat shows? Who watches Sunday chat shows!/?
TV doesn’t get watched on Sunday’s until the NFL pregame shows fire up!

chickasaw42 on September 15, 2009 at 12:06 AM

Oh, but we joke. Oh but we talk silly. Get real all of you so called conservatives. Make something happen. This guy is destroying our country. Were you there in DC? Get on the program.
This man is destroying our country. We grew up comfortable and happy in the USA. Playing ball in the park and happy. NOMORE….. THere is no more of that…… do you hear what is going on?????????? please pay attention and get moving with the atrocious jeremiah wright garbage and obama andhis hideous wife michelle who hates america. i want to say this and if I lose my membership it will have been worth it….obama F… YOU. I’m sorry and I accept any punishment for the words. I will never retract them.

highninside on September 15, 2009 at 12:26 AM

Julius Caesar

Schadenfreude on September 15, 2009 at 1:26 AM

The Dems are so desperate it’s beyond belief. Be careful where you stand, getting caught up in the flailing arms and desperate drowning politicians can be very dangerous. Oh, and the killing has began in Chaicago. Before you know it, the case will be dismissed. Wouldn’t want Rahm to have to testify under oath now would we?

Griz on September 15, 2009 at 1:58 AM

Dont’ forget that obama already presented his ‘plan’, so we all know what we’re getting.

Phoenician on September 15, 2009 at 2:03 AM

What ?
He won’t be on the Weather Channel ?

macncheez on September 15, 2009 at 2:46 AM

This narcissist,racist,communist,liar intends to talk us into submission! Shakespeare: ” He words me! He words me to death!”

Marco on September 15, 2009 at 3:05 AM

That means their one and only path to a government health option is reconciliation. Does Barry have the stones? I’m guessing … no. — AP

We will see.

A lot has been written about the “fallout” should the Dems use “the nuclear option”. How the Republicans could grind the Senate to a halt by requiring every bill to be read each time it is considered, etc. (seems a shame they didn’t do that with the porkulous bill and the bailouts).

Most of what I have read about ramming health care reform through the Senate using reconciliation has been about whether the President or the Senate dares to go that route. And if they do, then what will be the political consequences, if any, from the Republicans in Congress.

But here is my point. Back in the 60s there was a slogan, “What if they gave a war and nobody came?” My question is what if they pass the government option with personal mandates that carry stiff fines for noncompliance AND what if millions of Americans refuse to participate?

If only a few refused, I’m sure they would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And if lots of people refused to participate, some would be prosecuted in an attempt to cow the rest into compliance. But what if millions of Americans refused? Isn’t one of the Alinsky rules to overload the system?

I want to be very clear that I am not encouraging or suggesting that anyone should commit civil disobedience by refusing to comply with laws passed by our duly elected representatives. I’m just raising a theoretical question in the hopes of encouraging vigorous debate.

Ordinary American on September 15, 2009 at 3:47 AM

Big Brother Barack is still on my telescreen 24/7…..Are we at war with Eastasia or Eurasia?????????

adamsmith on September 15, 2009 at 7:24 AM

Maybe he’ll replace Keith Olbermann on Sunday night Football. That, at least, might be an improvement.

CK MacLeod on September 14, 2009 at 7:12 PM

That just might be comedy gold.

Obama: “Ok, now it 3rd and 4. Uh, wait, make that 2nd and 5. No, uh, it’s first and goal…uh…. Timeout. Back after this.”

Nichevo on September 15, 2009 at 8:04 AM

I was waiting in line at the grocery store this weekend and saw the Great O standing proudly on the cover a magazine. I figured it was Time, NewsWeek, whatever… but no, he’s on the cover of Men’s Health! WTH is up with that? Crimony, what’s next… Popular Mechanics? Consumer Reports? Come on, stay out of the non-political mags… please…

How come GWB wasn’t on the cover of Runners World?

CarpeCanis on September 15, 2009 at 8:17 AM

There goes the neighborhood!

Cybergeezer on September 15, 2009 at 8:46 AM

You know with that much blather in the morning, ONE interviewer could make headlines if he asked some REAL questions. Guys, break out of the Pack, get YOUR interview on YouTube, FNC, Hot Air where millions will see it, “ASK REAL QUESTIONS.”

Or just please your metrosexual partner and your mom.

barnone on September 15, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Maybe O’reilly can replace Gibbs.

He is really starting to be old news or same as the MSM with his Obama bias

As for Obama, he’ll do anything to miss Church. Maybe he could have Jerimiah and the chickens flown to Washington!!!!

bluegrass on September 15, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Needless to point out; Obama will broadcast from a single location so he’ll have an ear bud implant, and/or a tele-prompter in use.

Cybergeezer on September 15, 2009 at 9:28 AM

The Zer0ne.

Akzed on September 15, 2009 at 10:49 AM

In other words, Obama is going on national T.V. to lie some more.

nelsonknows on September 15, 2009 at 11:00 AM

ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Univision (no Fox, natch),

Of course, no Fox News. They would ask him questions. How dare they?

Regarding the polls, Rasmussen has a new one out today: Support for ObamaCare down to 45% for / 52% against, after 51% for / 46% against yesterday. Since these are both two-day averages, with Sept. 13 (Sunday) included in both of them, this could reflect an even bigger one-day shift.

The million-plus Tea Partiers who didn’t answer their phones over the weekend are back home now, razzing ObamaCare on the Ras poll.

Steve Z on September 15, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Obama: “Ok, now it 3rd and 4. Uh, wait, make that 2nd and 5. No, uh, it’s first and goal…uh…. Timeout. Back after this.”

Nichevo on September 15, 2009 at 8:04 AM

Good one!!! He’s always giving himself more time (downs) and the goalposts are always further away. He won’t admit he’s lost yardage.

Exit question: when will he PUNT ?

Steve Z on September 15, 2009 at 11:30 AM

How dare a President try to sell pimp his policies!

crr6 on September 14, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Fletch54 on September 14, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Pimpin’ ain’t easy.

baldilocks on September 15, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Isn’t “Afrolib” redundant? The nick, not the comments.

bradley11 on September 14, 2009 at 7:38 PM

No.

baldilocks on September 15, 2009 at 8:09 PM

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