WH putting health-care off until … February?

posted at 11:36 am on December 23, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Politico’s Mike Allen and Alexander Trowbridge have some bad news for Democrats, especially in the Senate, where Harry Reid has kept the chamber locked in battle over ObamaCare for weeks in an attempt to hit the finish line by Christmas.  Barack Obama plans to put the health-care overhaul on the back burner until after the State of the Union address, pushing any conference between the House and Senate off until February.  Instead, Obama plans a “hard pivot” towards jobs and the economy:

The White House privately anticipates health care talks to slip into February — past President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address — and then plans to make a “very hard pivot” to a new jobs bill, according to senior administration officials.

Obama has been told that disputes over abortion and the tight schedule are highly likely to delay a final deal, a blow to the president who had hoped to trumpet a health care victory in his big speech to the nation. But he has also been told that House Democratic leaders seem inclined, at least for now, to largely accept the compromise worked out in the Senate, virtually assuring he will eventually get a deal.

Internally, White House aides are plunging into a 2010 plan calling for an early focus on creating jobs, especially in the energy sector, along with starting a conversation about deficit reduction measures, the administration officials said.

Both will be major themes for his first State of the Union speech, which will likely take place on Jan. 26 or Feb. 2. White House aides are in the early stages of planning for the national address, but Obama will not only trumpet what he has described as his “B-plus” performance in 2009 but also set the stage for the 2010 congressional campaigns.

This tells us that the White House has done some legwork in the House and found that the lower chamber is not going to adopt the Senate version as is, as Politico also reports this morning:

House Democrats insisted Tuesday they have no plans to roll over for the Senate in upcoming negotiations on a health reform bill, even as they acknowledged it would be all but impossible to reinsert a public insurance option or force the so-called millionaire’s tax on the Senate.

Either move would disrupt Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s no-margin-for-error 60-vote majority. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team seem to have their sights set on lower-profile – but no-less important – differences, like boosting affordability credits in the final bill and starting the insurance exchange a year earlier, which they did in the House.

On a conference call Tuesday, Pelosi (D-Calif.) walked the party’s leadership team through differences in the two bills.

Other differences the speaker mentioned Tuesday include: replacing the Senate’s state-run exchanges with a national exchange established under the House bill, adding tougher mandates to make sure everyone secures health coverage and closing a gap in prescription-drug coverage next year. Senate negotiators have agreed to close the so-called “donut hole,” but they haven’t agreed on a time to implement those changes.

Forget Raul Grijalva’s note of encouragement.  These issues will be too tough to overcome without the House reworking the bill.  That  will either require a conference committee to resolve the two bills or an attempt by Harry Reid to get the Senate to buy a House version (the “ping-pong” strategy), either of which would be subject to cloture votes and unlikely to succeed to a floor vote.

The longer that debate drags, the further Obama drops in the polls, which is why this move only makes sense if the White House sees weeks more futility in the health-care overhaul debate.  Even liberal commentators like the Seattle Times editorial board want Democrats to shelve ObamaCare and start paying attention to the fact that unemployment has spun out of control on their watch.  Deficits are even more wild, as Obama’s OMB Director Peter Orszag was forced to acknowledge when he admitted that he had underestimated deficits over the next ten years by 22%, or $2,200,000,000,000.

Unfortunately for Democrats in Congress, that move tosses them under a very big bus.  They wanted to close this debate as early as possible in order to allow anger over the unpopular measure to ebb in time for their re-election campaigns.  Under the new timing, Congress would have to consider ObamaCare and cap-and-trade in rapid succession, just in time for the summer and fundraising time.  Unlike last year, Democrats won’t be able to avoid appearing in public and being surrounded by Tea Party protests, and those two agenda items will provoke them to even more fury than last year.

The other term for “hard pivot” is “dithering.”  The more Obama dithers, the less likely ObamaCare becomes.


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B+!

Disturb the Universe on December 23, 2009 at 11:39 AM

I hope Odumbass dithers for the next three years.

txag92 on December 23, 2009 at 11:40 AM

I hope he fails on both fronts. He better make sure TOTUS is up to the job in the SOTU he doesn’t want to be up there babbling a whole bunch of lies when unemployment is high. I hope someone here will watch it cause I can’t stand watching Zero on tv.

Brat4life on December 23, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Hmmm… one has to wonder if this is disinfomatizya to lull the opposition into complacency, followed by a rapid passage of the Senate bill in the House.

Realist on December 23, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Internecine conflict of this severity normally occurs only towards the end of an administration.

Amazing that the Dems have reached the same level in the very first year of The One’s reign.

Track-A-'Crat on December 23, 2009 at 11:41 AM

We win? To reach cloture the democrats ended up with a bill so toxic it just died?

If this is all true, Obamacare is dead!

jhffmn on December 23, 2009 at 11:41 AM

didn’t dear leader say we need to pass this bill now or we will go bankrupt or something to that effect?
hmmmmmmm

cmsinaz on December 23, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Merry Christmas from Barack Obama!

Mark Boabaca on December 23, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Oh boy, another $750B “jobs bill”…can’t wait.

angryed on December 23, 2009 at 11:41 AM

“Them polls, them polls, them dry polls.”

Trusser13 on December 23, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Please, please, please let this be true.

OmahaConservative on December 23, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Alright… Best news I’ve heard all week.

Now if Massachusetts elects a Republican Senator in January…

Skywise on December 23, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Lord help us all, is it just me or does anyone else think Obama might just be short a few screws. This is not a game here. He seems to playing with Americas future like some sort of toy. So glad we dodged the bullet and didn’t elect McCain……….

sandee on December 23, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Brat4life on December 23, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Yeah, I’m going to leave the pleasure of watching him tell lie after lie to someone else, too.

Track-A-'Crat on December 23, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

The longer this steaming POS is exposed to public view, the better the chances for its defeat.

AZCoyote on December 23, 2009 at 11:42 AM

the lower chamber is not going to adopt the Senate version

Excellent. Maybe this thing will still die.

kc8ukw on December 23, 2009 at 11:42 AM

WTF? Watching these criminals is making my head spin.

ORconservative on December 23, 2009 at 11:43 AM

The only positive I see is someone in the White House IS paying attention to the “unprecidented” “historic” ratings plunge into the toilet.

Marcus on December 23, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Eh?

lorien1973 on December 23, 2009 at 11:44 AM

a blow to the president who had hoped to trumpet a health care victory in his big speech to the nation

no worries, he can trumpet more about himself, he’s good with using fillers
/s

cmsinaz on December 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Their internal polls must be in the sub-basement. Too bad Obama has almost no one on his economic team from the private sector who could actually come up with some ideas for creating jobs. It’ll be just more money flushed down the crapper.

RedRedRice on December 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

ROFLMAO.
Also good work Ed. Politico just posted it. I only waited a few mins for your analysis. Truly record time.

Amadeus on December 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Prediction:

Obama will flat out lie in the SOTU speech.

Also, at least one thing he spews out during the speech will go under the bus within one week.

BigWyo on December 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

According to AOSHQ, McConnell will not agree to a conference committee. (Any senator can object, so if McConnell weasels out, one hopes DeMint or Coburn would take it up.)

Harry must then move for a conference, which apparently requires three different cloture votes of 60. With each, there is the possibility of someone caving in the Dems (Nelson, Dorgan (if Hoeven declares), or Lincoln (if she gets a strong GOP challenger).

Or a freak upset in MA if too many Dem votes get split between Coakley and Kennedy (no relation to Swimmer). Or a vacancy in West Virginia….

No conference committee, then Nancy has to ram the Senate version (with its selective pork) down her caucus’ throats. Hold fast, Stupak. Hold fast.

Wethal on December 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

May they all keep dithering. Less damage done.

publiuspen on December 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

A few screws? This is crazy from a Dem point of view. Which is really hard for me to adopt. Reid just blew all political capital on bribes and Obama is going into a holding pattern? These people are worse than criminals, they are insane.

ORconservative on December 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

I do not believe anything I read that comes from Politico…I don’t think BHO is giving up on ObamaCare for jobs.

d1carter on December 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Good news!

a “very hard pivot” to a new jobs bill

Such as more GE bailouts, re-funding ACORN, more research money for AGW.

petefrt on December 23, 2009 at 11:46 AM

a. you can’t believe a single word the White House says, so this could mean anything.

b. if it’s true, then it means they have concluded that new lies about jobs and the economy will trump the old lies.

They won’t.

notagool on December 23, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Oh boy, another $750B “jobs bill”…can’t wait.

angryed on December 23, 2009 at 11:41 AM

We need to send everyone in Congress a copy of “Economics in One Lesson.”

kc8ukw on December 23, 2009 at 11:46 AM

I still smell a rat – the longer this goes on, the broader the opposition gets, and the D’s know it.

If I were a Democrat from a conservative district already worried about my reelection prospects, I’d be mighty p***ed if this was going to drag out to spring. You could at least pretend that the voters might forget if you passed it now.

Realist on December 23, 2009 at 11:46 AM

cmsinaz on December 23, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Yup. We MUST pass this by summer recess Labor Day October Thanksgiving recess Christmas Eve February or else WE’LL ALL DIE!!!

crazy_legs on December 23, 2009 at 11:46 AM

So Harry made his caucus stay until today to help out Obowma when they could have gotten out last week? Feel the love down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Wethal on December 23, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Maybe Christmas has just gotten a little more merrier. Bad timing for Arnold to be asking for a bailout when Obama pretends to be a fiscal conservative. Can’t wait to see what kind of jobs bill Obama can come up with.

fourdeucer on December 23, 2009 at 11:46 AM

C’mon, Ed. You’re basing your projections of what might happen on a Politico story?

Just when conservatives’ rage begins to reach a boiling point, as it has umpteen times during the progress of this steaming pile of dung through congress, the libs — via gullible wimps at NRO, TNR, etc. — roll out some little rumor that the process might not be working the way they want, and all the “pundits” are distracted.

“Ooooh, shiny!”

I’m not buyin’ it. Osama Obama wants the whole freekin’ nine yards, has a bribeable majority and a meek, toothless minority in congress.

My guess is that the Osama Obama Care bill’s final trip to passage has already been fully scripted. The libs know that when they can tout “affordable health care!” along with “new jobs!” and “see how responsible we’re being by talking about spending less!” they can fool some of the people. Enough, probably, to stay entrenched in D.C. for the next six years.

You gotta man up, Ed. I know it has been repeated often enough to be annoying, but the totalitarian America-haters are playing hardball. Put down the badminton racket and show some fight!

MrScribbler on December 23, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Oh come on now… I thought his ratings are supposed surge to 60 or 70 percent after this bill is passed? Surely he would want to get those ratings up asap?

MobileVideoEngineer on December 23, 2009 at 11:47 AM

White House aides are plunging into a 2010 plan calling for an early focus on creating jobs, especially in the energy sector, along with

Really? How’s that goin’ work?

Our utility provider was finalizing plans for a new natural gas power plant summer of ’08. In late August that plan was put on hold. In December of ’08 the plan was canceled. 550 construction jobs lost.

Now let me think. Hmmm. Gosh, I wonder what could have happened between September and December of 2008 that convinced a federally regulated power company that expanding might not be a great idea?

Goody2Shoes on December 23, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Thanks to Obamacare, I now know what it feels like to be bipolar. Hope and Despair! Despair and Hope! Can someone loan me some lithium?

GnuBreed on December 23, 2009 at 11:47 AM

WOW!
Barry’s mop doesn’t know which way to go!

elderberry on December 23, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Like everything else, believe it when it happens, not when they tell you. Until this actually occurs, it’s a safe bet that it’s not true – just political posturing to address polls, distract the opposition, etc.

Midas on December 23, 2009 at 11:48 AM

I’m not buying this. I think it’s a head fake. These jerks will come back in January and meet around the clock to deliver something, anything, to Obama in time for the SOTU. Then they will praise his “extraordinary leadership” that was crucial in getting the House and Senate together for thisd “historic achievement.” Obama will calim to have proven the strawmen wrong yet again by delivering “reform” when “they” said it couldn’t be done in an election year.

It’s all a g-d show, people.

rockmom on December 23, 2009 at 11:49 AM

cmsinaz on December 23, 2009 at 11:41 AM

True.

Oh yeah, he’s fixing that by the Senate voting to raise the debit limit before the Obamacare vote. Whew.

Trusser13 on December 23, 2009 at 11:50 AM

A massive tax revolt now could force Teh Retard’s resignation.

Bugler on December 23, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Perfection Storm of incompetence and corruption

mwbri on December 23, 2009 at 11:50 AM

House Democrats insisted Tuesday they have no plans to roll over for the Senate in upcoming negotiations on a health reform bill

Blue-on-blue, my favorite kind of popcorn. Salted with the tears of disenfranchised progressives.

Tastes like B+.

LastRick on December 23, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Obama throwing his Dems under the bus? Something tells me he has something up his sleeve, and it’s not his arm. hmmmmm.

Watch for world war III on this one. The Dems, after all of this…won’t take this well.

Popcorn ball anyone? ;)

capejasmine on December 23, 2009 at 11:51 AM

I hope he fails.

OmahaConservative on December 23, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Goody2Shoes on December 23, 2009 at 11:47 AM

He will finally show his hand on weatherizing. Insulation is sexy. We are saved!

Trusser13 on December 23, 2009 at 11:52 AM

…a “very hard pivot” to a new jobs bill

We must pass the health care bill to save us from bankruptcy achieve full employment.

petefrt on December 23, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Reid just blew all political capital on bribes and Obama is going into a holding pattern?

ORconservative on December 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Oh man, the Dems must be spinning. This bozo in the WH is so screwing them.

BUT, I’m more inclined to think it’s a bone tossed out to quiet the opposition.

keebs on December 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM

A massive tax revolt now could force Teh Retard’s resignation.

Bugler on December 23, 2009 at 11:50 AM

It’s simple. Tell your employer not to take out federal withholding from your check.

It’s a start.

uknowmorethanme on December 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM

If the Dems were so confident that this bill was going to get their poll numbers up to 60%, you wouldn’t have Dem incumbents retiring all over the place and one even switching to the minority party. This party is spinning out of control, and if our country weren’t in the balance, it would be fun to watch.

RedRedRice on December 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Called my senator, Evan Bayh’s office, and had to leave a message because the volume of phone calls.

My points had more to do with the manner in which the bill is being brought forward rather than getting into the specifics.

DC Office Phone: (202) 224-5623
Indianapolis Office Phone: (317) 554-0750

I’ve called a number of Senators and Congressmen today and I can assure you that they are receiving quite a few calls. From what I was able to infer, there must be some union or other leftist group that is trying to flood the offices with calls in support of the bill.

Make your voice heard and call!

R Square on December 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM

What could this mean, and why? Some disasterous job numbers about to emerge? Someone(s) in Congress changing their mind? WHAT?!

ParisParamus on December 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Hard Pivot, dithering, et all, means one thing. This Administration cannot multitask, which a requirement of the Executive Office. They simply cannot make decisions. Its an appalling lack of leadership.

juanito on December 23, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Thank God.

Dorvillian on December 23, 2009 at 11:55 AM

I hope he fails.

OmahaConservative on December 23, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Funny how that caused such furor in March but not now.

As to the vote, this clearly is a two month breather for Rahm to use “the Chicago way” on the process. I wonder how much more in bribes that will cost the taxpayers.

highhopes on December 23, 2009 at 11:55 AM

We must pass the health care bill to save us from bankruptcy achieve full employment.

petefrt on December 23, 2009 at 11:52 AM

you just hit the nail on the head for his SOTU speech

cmsinaz on December 23, 2009 at 11:55 AM

The WH must have stopped ignoring the crayons and see the color of the polls. Obambi has been found out to be a teller of tall tales and is on the back foot trying some damage control for 2010.

Bait and switch , watch his other hand , please.

Sandybourne on December 23, 2009 at 11:56 AM

The whole point of the supermajority vote was to push this monstrocity through as rapidly as possible, so the voters would have no chance to read it.

By February this bill will be dead and buried. (Well, unless there’s some kind of miracle, but how well have liberals ever fared on that front?)

And now Obama’s publically staking all of his remaining credibility on his ability to provide an economic upturn?

The only part of this I don’t like is that it sounds way too good to be true.

logis on December 23, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Sorry, I don’t buy this… this is a disinformation trial balloon… which the Obama admin does a LOT.

There has been much too great of a push to get this through the Senate… to the point where they are burning bridges in the Senate by ticking off even their OWN people by making them work on Christmas eve. Unless Obama gets somthing through conference quickly, all that hurry will be seen as a waste by HIS OWN.

Reid and Obama have spent a LOT of political capital, and made a LOT of sleazy deals to hurry this through… they literaly CAN’T stop now.

Romeo13 on December 23, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Of course, this could just an effort at obfuscation, and they really will just ramrod the Senate bill right through the lower house with the Speaker’s help, and then move to a quick vote and it will be done.

Sunshine is not their friend.

juanito on December 23, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Hooray!

And Merry Christmas Ed, AP, Michelle, and all the Hot Air readers.

JKahn913 on December 23, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Harry Reid

Reno Office Phone: 775-686-5750
DC Phone: 202-224-3542

(put on hold at the Reno office).

The real dirty Harry.

R Square on December 23, 2009 at 11:58 AM

I don’t get it.

And I don’t believe it, either.

BadgerHawk on December 23, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Translation – “We’ve really pissed off the peasants with the health care bill. Time to put Porkulus II together to buy them back onto the reservation.”

Gator Country on December 23, 2009 at 11:59 AM

I can hardly wait for his jobs stimulus package…ACORN and SEIU will work together to build our new economy?
Another trillion for another 30 jobs?
How about another quarter of GNP losses, and another increase in unemployment as it hits 11% (after the holidays watch the numbers)…on the backside of the worst retail sells one could have imagined during the holidays…
Yeah, I can hardly wait, he has done so well economically…but he does have those talk show hosts on the run…

right2bright on December 23, 2009 at 11:59 AM

“Them polls, them polls, them dry polls.”

Trusser13 on December 23, 2009 at 11:41 AM

HA!!!!

“So hear the words of Teh Won.”

Scott P on December 23, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Instead, Obama plans a “hard pivot” towards jobs and the economy

Translation: Obama attempts to seize the other 80% of the economy.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 23, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Sorry, but I don’t buy this either. Pelosi, Obama and Rahm will break arms to avoid the ping-pong effect. Obama doesn’t care about the polls or what’s in the bill – he just wants the ‘historic win” in time for his SOTU address.

LASue on December 23, 2009 at 12:01 PM

It’s over, it’s dead if we are to believe this article. They can’t possibly bring this back up in February with the 2010 elections right around the corner.

And if this is another lie or trial balloon by Barry, he’ll pay dearly for it.

Kill the bill and keep the pressure on.

Knucklehead on December 23, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Where’s crr6, Bleeds Blue, Tom_Shipley, and Proud Rino?

fossten on December 23, 2009 at 12:01 PM

even as they acknowledged it would be all but impossible to reinsert a public insurance option or force the so-called millionaire’s tax on the Senate.

I guess that means the unions rolled and/or were bought off in some way.

WarEagle01 on December 23, 2009 at 12:02 PM

If true, I’ll even raise a glass of wine and “cling” Bleed Blue’s glass.

WashJeff on December 23, 2009 at 12:02 PM

which will likely take place on Jan. 26 or Feb. 2

And he won’t announce it until the last minute to try and stop massive protests in the capital that day.

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Where’s that dipsh*t Simpleton?

Locked in it’s Mom’s basement toking on the hookah and engaged in a festive seasonal World of Warcraft tournament?!

Flyboy on December 23, 2009 at 12:03 PM

I don’t get it.

And I don’t believe it, either.

BadgerHawk on December 23, 2009 at 11:58 AM

His internals say health care if passed without a stimulated economy will destroy the dems.
Passing this bill, without appearing to do something to help offset the costs, or appearing not to worry about the economy is suicide…thank the tea partiers, thank Palin, thank conservatives that are fighters…don’t thank McCain, McConnell, Graham, etc…
Fear is what is driving them now…

right2bright on December 23, 2009 at 12:03 PM

I have to agree with MrScribbler that something is going on. The dems play hard, fast and dirty – and for them to back-burner something that could put so much power and money into their hands seems to me to be like a magician’s misdirection.

I really don’t believe that Reid/BHO would let the Senators go home to get the thrashing that is waiting for them before they cast their votes. Certainly not ’til February.

Don’t let your guard’s down, people!

DuctTapeMyBrain on December 23, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Thank God.

Dorvillian on December 23, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Please don’t get complacent with this. I’m going to hedge my bets, and go with all the others here, who voice a suspicion on this. There’s something in the back ground, and we need to stay vigilant.

When have any of them, since January, been upfront, and honest with the American people? Name just one time, and I would back off, but I can’t even think of one, so I will stay suspicious, and keep watching, and calling, and b!tching. :D

capejasmine on December 23, 2009 at 12:04 PM

I’m not sure I could have received a better Christmas present… Assuming this actually happens!

WesternActor on December 23, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Hmmm… one has to wonder if this is disinfomatizya to lull the opposition into complacency, followed by a rapid passage of the Senate bill in the House.

Realist on December 23, 2009 at 11:40 AM

My first reaction was to think the opposite. There’s no way the White House would allow this “leak” to come out today, the day before they need Ben Nelson and the other shaky Democrats to put their necks on the chopping block. My thought was that it was disinformation spread by conservative “unnamed sources” in order to demoralize Nelson, Landrieu, Lieberman, and the others. If you know that the White House is going to abandon the issue as soon as you cast your career-killing vote, you might reconsider.

joe_doufu on December 23, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Must-See TV on NBC!

The “Diddly & Squat” State of the Union Address in January!

Don’t miss it!

dmh0667 on December 23, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Odither.
Oslacker.
O, the hell with it.

n0doz on December 23, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Where’s that dipsh*t Simpleton?

Locked in it’s Mom’s basement toking on the hookah and engaged in a festive seasonal World of Warcraft tournament?!

Flyboy on December 23, 2009 at 12:03 PM

ROFLMAO!!! That was funny!!!

I would have answered with….throwing a hissy fit so loud, animals in the next countys ears are bleeding. LOL

capejasmine on December 23, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Another great move by the “adults in charge”.

Hope and Change is working out so well,that in less than 1 year, Obama has lower approval ratings than Bush did after 8 years of democrats and their allies in the Press bashing him everyday:

(via gatewaypundit)


Change… Obama Now More Loathed Than Bush at End of His Second Term

Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 6:59 PM
Jim Hoft
http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2009/12/change-obama-now-more-hated-than-bush-at-end-of-his-second-term/

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-six percent (46%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21 That’s the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President (see trends).

At the end of his second term President George W. Bush had a 43% disapproval rating.

….and I am sure it will get a whole lot worse as the liberal agenda is pushed like Cap and Trade,Amnesty for illegals,Terrorist who commit acts of war being given the rights of citizens,closing Gitmo,Iran getting the bomb,not going strong enough in Afghanistan/Pakistan………

….democratic congressmen jumping ship and switching parties,liberal base turning on their messiah,polling going south fast on the democrats and their policies…

….absolute epic failure..

…….”YES WE CAN!!!!”

Baxter Greene on December 23, 2009 at 12:06 PM

A “hard pivot” eh?

Wasn’t this an episode of Friends?

If I recall, they took the couch back.

29Victor on December 23, 2009 at 12:06 PM

And now Obama’s publically staking all of his remaining credibility on his ability to provide an economic upturn?

The only part of this I don’t like is that it sounds way too good to be true.

logis on December 23, 2009 at 11:56 AM

I agree 99%. The 1% left is just my natural opimisim laughing and rolling on the floor.

Mord on December 23, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Heh.

The Barack Obama Jokes Website

Q. What will Barack Obama get for Christmas?
A. Your job, your car and your house.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 23, 2009 at 12:07 PM

A “hard pivot” eh?

Wasn’t this an episode of Friends?

If I recall, they took the couch back.

29Victor on December 23, 2009 at 12:06 PM

ROFLMAO!!!

capejasmine on December 23, 2009 at 12:08 PM

In retrospect to just over 1 year ago when the Kenyan was running for president 1 fact above all others is now proven beyond any doubt. HE IS A LIAR HE HAS NO EXPERIENCE AND HE IS WEAK

This also applies to every baby killer in congress. I hope they meet the wrath of GOD and the voters when they go home for Christmas. Have a Merry Christain Holiday You Phony Bastards

bluegrass on December 23, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Thanks to Obamacare, I now know what it feels like to be bipolar. Hope and Despair! Despair and Hope! Can someone loan me some lithium?

GnuBreed on December 23, 2009 at 11:47 AM

+1

Renae on December 23, 2009 at 12:09 PM

“creating green jobs” is code for ROBBING US. Watch.

marklmail on December 23, 2009 at 12:10 PM

A massive tax revolt now could force Teh Retard’s resignation.
Bugler on December 23, 2009 at 11:50 AM

It’s simple. Tell your employer not to take out federal withholding from your check.
It’s a start.
uknowmorethanme on December 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Would the FEDs ability to print money just circumvent this option?

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Hard pivot… Thankfully we have our first “baller” in the White House so that this sports terminology can be deployed.

myrenovations on December 23, 2009 at 12:10 PM

If this is even true…

Nazi Pelosi promised her red district democrats that they wouldn’t have to vote on any more “tough” legislation next year. Tahehe.

I wonder if Bart Stupak calling out Barry Sotero’s Chicago thug political tactics has anything to do with this.

SouthernGent on December 23, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Pundits say Obama will have to ‘get involved’ in Cmte negotiations on the bill.

Obama: Present!

ginaswo on December 23, 2009 at 12:11 PM

General Obama storms the Health Care Reform beach only to stop the troops at the water’s edge to read a map.

Brilliant!

Obama’s agenda will become painfully entangled in the wire, leaving fellow Democrats alone in a legislative mine field on the eve of mid term elections.

Now is the time to press the fight and communicate with our representatives that we will embrace deserters and defectors from the other side but we will politically punish those who will push the Pelosi,Reid, Obama agenda, regardless of state or district. We must nationalize the election.

R Square on December 23, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 23, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Too funny but also way too true.

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 12:12 PM

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