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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I have no idea what Barry is up to, except to say that the West Wing must be in full on white hot panic mode right about now. He’s facing a state of the union address in which the state of the union is a complete train wreck, thanks to his party, and if he lauds the health care bill he’s likely to get some boos from the right side. If they force this thing through before the address, there will likely be an ugly protest in DC at the address.

I’ve never lived through a political climate like this. The Congress and Obama are about to ram something through no one wants, and people are really, really, really angry. How does that anger express itself? I’ve read here and other places that we’ll all take our toys and go home, peacefully accepting the government takeover of health care, that elections have consequences. Yet there lingers this sense of foreboding, this uncomfortable understanding that many are not going to accept it. So then what? I’m rather nervous about where all this anger is going to go. Are President Obama and his corrupt democrat colleagues fomenting violence? Revolution? I don’t know. But this total flipping off of the electorate is new, and it’s going to have some consequences. Americans may not know their history very well, but everyone knows that Americans don’t have to “just take it” when their government flouts the will of the people, not to mention the Constitution, and utterly corrupts the legislative process in plain sight. That’s American Government 101. What will the people do? I think Barry and his crackerjack staff are wondering the same thing.

Rational Thought on December 23, 2009 at 2:18 PM

The White House privately anticipates health care talks to slip into February

So I read the article and you know what I got? Bozo is in a panic over the public reaction to this crap sandwich. The public mood is getting uglier by the minute because nobody wants it and they are ready to revolt.

His poll numbers are cratering even with the pollsters keeping their thumbs on the scales and dems in congress are running for cover by announcing retirement or switching parties. (note: that tactic probably won’t work)

Obamunistcare isn’t a done deal and all the congress critters are heading home for a long break where they are about to get an even warmer reception than they did in the summer, but not just over this issue.

Its the lack of jobs, stupid. I told you. I was at the unemployment office and people are steaming mad. I showed up an hour and a half early and a line of people formed up pretty quick IN THE SNOW.

People in the line blamed congress and Obama with some heat and colorful language. As I said before, I wish I had tape.

dogsoldier on December 23, 2009 at 2:23 PM

…just appoint Michelle Malkin as special prosecutor to investigate…

RedRedRice on December 23, 2009 at 12:56 PM

When the next Republican President takes office she/he should take a page from Obama’s book and appoint Michelle Malkin as Special Prosecutor Czar (no demoncrats needed for the appointment) to prosecute Obama and the Demoncratic congress during Obama’s tenure as President for their fraud, corruption, and crimes against America during Obama’s time as President.

Basil Fawlty on December 23, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Count me among the pessimists. This sounds way too good to be true. And if not, the Republicans will make sure that it is.

– Attila, Pillage Eeyore

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on December 23, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Obama and his corrupt democrat colleagues fomenting violence

Publicly they have said everyone wants this and that their poll number will bounce. Privately Pelosi and Reid are hopping mad and refer to us as morons and idiots, yet they are scared to death. Privately they know the American People don’t want this and they do not care. Their subordinates are paying attention though.

How many dems have announced retirement? One switched parties and now Stupak is out there publicly saying he’s being pressured by the White House to shut up.

This is not going well from their perspective. If our guys were smart they would convince Stupak and co. to switch parties.

They are all terrified they are going to lose their jobs.

Mr. Stupak, you don’t have to march off that cliff! Make a stand. Or, ok lose your job.

dogsoldier on December 23, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Rational Thought on December 23, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Your thoughts reflect much of what has been on my mind. DC is so divorced from the electorate that they seem to exist on another planet.

I often worry that things will get ugly out here, away from DC, but it won’t be due to the health care debacle. That’s one of the last straws for people like us who follow politics. If… if… it occurs, it well be due to economic conditions.

BO promised a lot and cultivated the cult-like adoration of many of his supporters. They aren’t happy. He could easily be the catalyst for some very ugly, destructive behavior. This may be why he’s making noises about focusing on the economy.

If it starts, I would expect the large, metropolitan areas to ignite first.

Cody1991 on December 23, 2009 at 2:36 PM

[...]for Hillary to run in ‘12. She’ll be way past the “Sell By” date in ‘16.

PatMac on December 23, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Hmmm. Personally, I’d say she doesn’t pass the sniff test right now.

ElectricPhase on December 23, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Bwahahahahaha!! Unbelievable. “The time for talk is over.” So Harry Reid and all the ‘blue dog’ senators who sold their souls to give Obama what he said he wants just got thrown under the bus which, less than a year into Obama’s presidency, has to be at least 10 times bigger than the Starship Enterprise to accommodate all those tossed aside in the name of, political expediency? I guess the White House has finally woken up and noticed the polling. What a bunch of utter incompetents, and dangerous ones at that.

ProfessorMiao on December 23, 2009 at 2:44 PM

[...]for Hillary to run in ‘12. She’ll be way past the “Sell By” date in ‘16.

PatMac on December 23, 2009 at 1:50 PM
Hmmm. Personally, I’d say she doesn’t pass the sniff test right now.

ElectricPhase on December 23, 2009 at 2:42 PM

I agree with you which means ’12 is her absolute last shot – I don’t think flying all around the world all the time is helping her out.

PatMac on December 23, 2009 at 2:58 PM

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

And his press acolytes will trumpet Obama.

2010 is going to be a swell year, a press-core in full voice saying how wonderful things are under our dear leader.

r keller on December 23, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Why isn’t the RNC reminding America that Obama wanted this excrement passed before Summer Break?

cntrlfrk on December 23, 2009 at 3:10 PM

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

Given Obama’s desire to keep Kevin “Mr. Fisting” Jennings in his position as Safe Schools Czar, I’m worried any time the Obama administration uses metaphorical language bringing to mind any kind of forceful pressure–especially when it involves taxpayers and the effect of Obama policies regarding the economy and health care. I’ve endured enough fisting from the Obama administration, and I’m not looking forward to his “hard pivot” to more of the same.

BuckeyeSam on December 23, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Is that why Pelosi and Reed are behind closed doors right now rigging it? That is not the wway our country was intended to be ran.

If it does pass I hope incompetent doctors get what they deserve. NOTHING! I am sick of doctors handng you a corpse one day and the bill the next. Current medical talent is quite poor.

johnnyU on December 23, 2009 at 3:17 PM

I don’t trust him. I don’t trust him. I don’t trust him. He’s up to something. He says one thing and does another. He says stall and dither but you know that he is pushing and arm-twisting.

Most likely he will go into extreme campaign mode, run ads with the help of all the special interest groups like Pharma and unions, to demonize the Republicans or anyone else against the bill.

“Let me be clear”….he will do the opposite of what he says…

Mo2Do on December 23, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Why is Obama postponing his vacation to Hawaii if this whole thing is going to be put on the table until February? Does that mean that there are some wavering D senators who may change from yes to no tomorrow?

If I were a redstate D Senator, I would be rethinking whether or not to move forward with my planned yes vote tomorrow. If it is going to be so difficult to recocile the House and Senate bills that it has to be put off until February, do I really want to vote for final passage in February of 2010–especially when the compromise bill will probably be even less palatable to my consituents?

reallyfive on December 23, 2009 at 3:41 PM

I think this has to do with two words: low poll numbers.

And who do you think caused Obama’s poll numbers to sink so low because of death panels?

One guess.

technopeasant on December 23, 2009 at 3:58 PM

I think this has to do with two words: low poll numbers.

Welcome to Hot Air, Mr. Vice President.

(Sorry. Just kidding, but I couldn’t pass that one up.)

Bobbertsan on December 23, 2009 at 4:12 PM

I was waiting for that. But at least I have never asked a man in a wheelchair to stand up.

technopeasant on December 23, 2009 at 4:15 PM

No matter, real americans! You will get your Obamacare for Christmas 2009. For Christmas 2010, expect the 2nd Amendment to go bye-bye.

simplesimon on December 23, 2009 at 4:25 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

What will the people do? I think Barry and his crackerjack staff are wondering the same thing.

Rational Thought on December 23, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Though Obama should be concerned about the Will of the American People, he never has been and never will be. Obama has never given America any reason to believe a damn thing he ever says. More often than not, if you take the opposite of what he says, you’re closer to the mark.

NEVER expect Obama and this majority of Democrats to observe the law and the legislative protocol. Hold them to account for every infraction on record, and prepare their impeachment and prosecutions for their frauds. Expect the worst from the Democrats, and be prepared to uphold the Constitution in every way, on every front. Never submit to US federal Marxism.

maverick muse on December 23, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Obama announces “wait and see” while opposition attempts to celebrate Christmas, after which time people wake up to the news that the vote is over, Obama’s quorum made it happen in secret.

maverick muse on December 23, 2009 at 4:58 PM

This is pure BS. He’s not postponing anything.

rrpjr on December 23, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Not buying it.

This is classic Lucy with the football for Charlie Brown.

tru2tx on December 23, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Bullsh!t.

Itchee Dryback on December 23, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Both will be major themes for his first State of the Union speech, which will likely take place on Jan. 26 or Feb. 2.

FEB 2!!!! No, he better not bump LOST season premiere I have waited since May.

kathleen on December 23, 2009 at 5:32 PM

When will someone say that Obama has “taken his eye off the ball on unemployment”…?

Metaphors.

ted c on December 23, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Wasn’t O’Bammy supposed to be brilliant?! Even though he’d never actually done…. well, anything?

Well, as Forrest Gump said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

I have never heard of anyone dumb enough to play Russian Roulette with a fully-loaded gun.

If he was only playing by himself or shooting his own foot, it would only be a stupid human trick. As it is, he’s got that thing aimed at the U.S., her Constitution, her economy and anything else he can think of.

Without serious study, we’ll never know, but I suspect this man is a closet sociopath. Nothing is right or wrong in an absolute sense. Whatever he wants, in the moment, is defined as right. That’s the only way he can destroy the budget while planning a deficit reduction address, and destroy the entrepreneurial elements of the economy that create jobs while planning a jobs address.

How do you argue with a man who takes all sides of every position?

You don’t. You throw him out of office before he can do any more damage.

In 2010, you take away his army so he’s largely impotent.

In 2012, you assault the ballot box and turn him from a front page icon into a footnote.

IndieDogg on December 23, 2009 at 5:52 PM

The more Obama dithers, the less likely ObamaCare becomes.

Dither on, Thumbsucker in Chief.

spmat on December 23, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Looks like the lack of experience has fully caught up with our bed wetter in chief.

On the Job Training is a biatch…especially for a Marxist

ted c on December 23, 2009 at 6:01 PM

How do you argue with a man who takes all sides of every position?

You don’t. You throw him out of office before he can do any more damage.

In 2010, you take away his army so he’s largely impotent.

In 2012, you assault the ballot box and turn him from a front page icon into a footnote.

IndieDogg on December 23, 2009 at 5:52 PM

+2
strong work

ted c on December 23, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Obama-nation thinks he up to something. Let us hope it works as well as the rest of his efforts.

Slowburn on December 23, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Without serious study, we’ll never know, but I suspect this man is a closet sociopath.

Closet? You are kidding, right?

hachiban on December 23, 2009 at 6:06 PM

I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” – Jefferson to Dr. Benjamin Rush, September 23, 1800

I visited the Jefferson Memorial yesterday. Underneath the dome is the above inscription. I vow to my fellow thinkers here at HotAir that 2010 will bring a new year–a new year of emboldened hostility toward the tyranny that has befallen us. We shall develop new avenues and tactics to stifle the plans of the tyrants that occupy the offices that they do not deserve.

ted c on December 23, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Well, at least now that the Left is upset with Obama, the MSM is starting to break ranks with him. Who knows, maybe someday the media will feel it is their duty to respond to the concerns of all Americans.

You know, I doubt it, but on the other hand I don’t think it matters anymore.

ps. Just heard Chris Matthews practically yelling “Prove it!” at some gal Lib who said Obama campaigned on the public option. Chris is so pathetic. He hardly lets his “guests get in a work, he is so busy screeching White House talking points at them. Hardball should be renamed “Creep-o-rama”.

drunyan8315 on December 23, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Why aren’t there more comparisons with Batman’s other foe…Two Face?

Goldenavatar on December 23, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Two-Face was essentially a good man who could be corrupted because he allowed his fate to be ruled by chance- His path is that of Chance, the flip of a coin. That is not Obama.

The Joker is Chaos. The Joker is essentially a vortex of evil chaos. Which is why this move by Obama is so in line with his Joker persona – Obama thrives on Chaos. Most of his political moves don’t seem to make any sense because the purpose is Chaos.

Unpredictable behavior, and serial lying is difficult to combat, it is like dealing with a crazy person who should be in a locked ward, but instead they are ruining your country. It is also meant to exhaust the public. That is probably part of the purpose in dragging it out – exhaustion.

batterup on December 23, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Hard Pivot = “…hey, LOOK! A squirrel!”

JPlunket on December 23, 2009 at 6:51 PM

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.

Great! Got healthcare through and workin smoothly, gonna work on that great energy sector job creating (for bureaucrats), cap and tax bill and close down some more nasty coal and oil producers, ramping up windmills, pedal power, harnessing Harrys’ hotair and buffalo farts.
Sounds like fun, lets roll Pinnochio!

dhunter on December 23, 2009 at 7:05 PM

[...]for Hillary to run in ‘12. She’ll be way past the “Sell By” date in ‘16.

PatMac on December 23, 2009 at 1:50 PM
Hmmm. Personally, I’d say she doesn’t pass the sniff test right now.

ElectricPhase on December 23, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Uhhh…believe me, by ’12 you will not be able to gaze on her without severe convulsions…she ain’t aging well.

winston on December 23, 2009 at 7:32 PM

No matter, real americans! You will get your Obamacare for Christmas 2009. For Christmas 2010, expect the 2nd Amendment to go bye-bye.

simplesimon on December 23, 2009 at 4:25 PM

You have no idea how happy that would make me. It would be the best Christmas EVAH!

Better than the Angel Tree stuff you have been getting since birth.

ClassicCon on December 23, 2009 at 7:46 PM

No matter, real americans! You will get your Obamacare for Christmas 2009. For Christmas 2010, expect the 2nd Amendment to go bye-bye.

simplesimon on December 23, 2009 at 4:25 PM

simplesimon is a good example of what happens when the fetus doesn’t get enough oxygen.

simplesimon is so obnoxious, his parents had to hang a porkchop around his neck so the dog would play with him.

simplesimon is so repulsive that he gives Steven King nightmares.

simplesimon is so stupid, he thinks Shirley Temple is a synagogue.

simplesimon is so ugly, the only thing attracted to him is gravity.

SagebrushPuppet on December 23, 2009 at 8:16 PM

The longer they drag it out………..

……….the better for America…..and worse for him.

…..drag it out you lying scoundrels (witching hour, Nov 2010)!!!

PappyD61 on December 23, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Why isn’t the RNC reminding America that Obama wanted this excrement passed before Summer Break?

cntrlfrk on December 23, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Because the GOP is finished (think Whigs in the 1840′s).

PappyD61 on December 23, 2009 at 8:24 PM

simplesimon is simple

whatzit2u on December 23, 2009 at 8:24 PM

plans to make a “very hard pivot” to a new jobs bill

–America will be planning the same for these Congressional Demacraps come next November.

chickasaw42 on December 23, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Hard Pivot = “…hey, LOOK! A squirrel!”

Bwahahahahahah!!!

parteagirl on December 23, 2009 at 8:45 PM

What better media cover than scheduling the vote for 8:00PM on Super Bowl Sunday.

Bruce in NH on December 23, 2009 at 12:35 PM

I think this is a ruse to deflect heat from the Dem politicians when they get home for the holidays and are hissed and jeered at after Christmas Eve services or can’t even go shopping without getting an earful from the “little people” that have been utterly ignored in the whole debate between different color blue Democrats.

The fact of the matter is that healthcare reform will not last until February if the public has solid month with nothing going on to parse the bill and discover all the sweetheart deals, loopholes, taxes, and other flaws.

highhopes on December 23, 2009 at 12:44 PM

That makes more sense. Pretend nothing’s going to happen while Congressmen and Senators are home, then crank it back up as soon as they come back, and before opposition can mobilize again.

Avoids all those nasty stories about being confronted by angry constituents.

There Goes The Neighborhood on December 23, 2009 at 8:56 PM

Please… PLEASE tell me that Obama is stupid enough to strangle the Liberal Holy Grail moments after it’s victorious.

It’s like he gave all liberals everywhere a partial birth abortion.

Lehosh on December 23, 2009 at 9:04 PM

No matter, real americans! You will get your Obamacare for Christmas 2009. For Christmas 2010, expect the 2nd Amendment to go bye-bye.

simplesimon on December 23, 2009 at 4:25 PM

If that happens, expect your Democrats in Congress to go bye bye.

fossten on December 23, 2009 at 9:05 PM

The other term for “hard pivot” is “dithering.”

He’s not dithering, he’s flailing.

dorkafork on December 23, 2009 at 9:15 PM

No matter, real americans! You will get your Obamacare for Christmas 2009. For Christmas 2010, expect the 2nd Amendment to go bye-bye.

simplesimon on December 23, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Do you have anything new? You have been repeating that mantra alot lately. Do you just sit in the cage waiting to throw poop at the visitors? Or do you have any specific arguments?

How about answering where the specific right to individual healthcare is mentioned anywhere in the Constitution? If you believe that the Constitution gives you that right and you are just fighting for what the Constitution says, how do you explain wanting to take away the Second Amendment in your next sentence? Are you fighting for Constitutional rights or simple feelings?

bluemarlin on December 23, 2009 at 9:16 PM

I visited the Jefferson Memorial yesterday. Underneath the dome is the above inscription. I vow to my fellow thinkers here at HotAir that 2010 will bring a new year–a new year of emboldened hostility toward the tyranny that has befallen us. We shall develop new avenues and tactics to stifle the plans of the tyrants that occupy the offices that they do not deserve.

ted c on December 23, 2009 at 6:12 PM

I am with you ted. Wide scale civil disobedience is long overdue. We far out number them and we will be heard.

Geochelone on December 23, 2009 at 9:22 PM

Part of me is cheered that O’Bambi is feeling so full of itself that it can put healthcare on the back burner…but, s’cuse me, I’m not buyin’ nor believing it.
I know they’re arrogant, but I’m not going to give them the benefit of THAT doubt, cuz it’s just too dangerous…even if I hope they ARE that moronic.
Do not let down your guard, and at the risk of sounding like a broken record: Please, please, please, take this as a rallying call to fight, not a reason to fold up your tent and slink home. Both bills have to be reconsciled. This is just the beginning gang! I curse anyone who wants to call it quits!

Here’s a little OT thought for you…cruising my basement for extra cookie tins to store the dozens I’ve baked before packaging them for family distribution, I found a few gems.
This is what was written on a large tin I dusted off tonight. It’s at least 25 years old:
(Copy of painting of signing of Declaration of Independance. This is followed by a roll call of who the players in the painting are.) The credit for this copy goes to the Sunshine Biscuit Company Inc.,1984. I quote:

“These men and all others signing the Declaration knew the heavy responsibilities that came with independence. Each one was fully aware of the dangers and hardships which lay ahead as they signed. It was not a time for “faint-hearted” patriots then.

Democracy has never been, and never will be, an easy form of government to live under, because it is a government of the people. As such, it makes each of us responsible for the way the government works. If a crisis develops, if the system falters, each of us shares the responsibility and blame.

Our country was born in a time of crisis. We have lived through dangerously troubled times. Throughtout our history, we have survived many crises. If our democratic system fails, it will not be a crisis that kills it. It will be our ignornace and apathy as a people.

As Thomas Paine said, “Those who expect to reap the blessing of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”

I find these words particularly profound, and I welcome your comments.

Chewy the Lab on December 23, 2009 at 9:22 PM

My bad, all of the above after the beginning quote should have been attributed and quoted….only the last sentance before my salutation was mine…just tired, not an intentional mistake.

Chewy the Lab on December 23, 2009 at 9:25 PM

SagebrushPuppet on December 23, 2009 at 8:16 PM

rhetoric like this is why they can easily marginalize us. If you can’t argue like a grown up, um–don’t.

Conservatives can easily defeat liberals in the realm of ideals…just stay rational, stay focused, and don’t dive down into the gutter, please.

Chewy the Lab on December 23, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Chewy the Lab on December 23, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Oh. And you became the blog monitor when?

Trolls like stupidsimon and crr6 don’t debate; they hit and run. I was just trying to have a little fun at their expense. Apologies that I was somewhat less than amusing. I’ll go away now.

Merry Christmas.

SagebrushPuppet on December 23, 2009 at 9:45 PM

Typical, ozero gets everything ass-backwards…

jgdp on December 23, 2009 at 10:08 PM

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

“Dithering” nothing, this just gives Congress (House and Senate) time to iron out the differences between their versions of the bill in Conference create the new “ping-ponged” bill from whole cloth. You watch, he’ll sign it less than a week before his first SOTU address, telling people something like “the last week of January, first week of February… we were trying to underpromise and overdeliver, just like this bill!”

Take-home notes for Barry and the Donks – we’re pissed at you people right now, and if you try telling us that what you’ve done with this bill is for our own good, that there’s nothing to worry about with it, we will laugh in your faces. And then we’re going to vote your sorry keysters out of their cushy chairs just as fast as you come up for reelection.

Take-home notes for Steele and the Pubs – if you don’t repeal this steaming heap at your first opportunity, you’re next!

Blacksmith on December 24, 2009 at 12:15 AM

The other term for “hard pivot” is “dithering.” “circle jerk”

FIFY

jdkchem on December 24, 2009 at 1:03 AM

Hard Pivot = “…hey, LOOK! A squirrel!”

JPlunket on December 23, 2009 at 6:51 PM

BANG Meat. With eggs, biscuits and tomatoes, breakfast for a country boy.

Caststeel on December 24, 2009 at 1:17 AM

Flippancy aside, the libs have got to wonder WHAT he’s thinking about, leaving “victory” so exposed.

What I’m wondering is whether this, intended or not, amounts to BHO’s Afghanistan policy brought home –a surge, not to achieve victory, but simply to reach the next exit ramp.

JPlunket on December 24, 2009 at 9:05 AM

In the Homer Nods category, I’m also reminded of the recipe Grampa learned for that fast food secret sauce –”…then mix in all this mayonnaise, and let it sit in the sun for the rest of the day.”

JPlunket on December 24, 2009 at 9:09 AM

A ‘hard pivot’ is a political move to change focus to something else. President Obama thinks Health Care is a done deal, so he needs to make a ‘hard pivot’ to satisfy his egomaniacal socialist agenda disguised as the “State of the Union (Statist)” speech.

Now back to reality, a ‘hard pivot’ why his golf swing is a mess.

I pray during this Christmas season of real ‘Hope and Change’ that he makes a ‘hard pivot’ and pulls a Nixon and resign, giving U.S. the best present ever.

MSGTAS on December 24, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Hard Pivot, my foot.
They’re just warming up the bribe machine for another round. This will just give Rahm and Dave time to break some heads in the House to make sure this Titanic HellCare Bill is launched on schedule.

gordo on December 24, 2009 at 10:02 AM

But what about all those people Harry Reid said were dying every 10 minutes because the bill hadn’t passed? Either the Messiah is a heartless bestard letting all those people die while dithering yet again, or Reid took the art of lying to an even greater level.

olesparkie on December 24, 2009 at 10:34 AM

bumper sticker:

REVERSE THE CURSE ON 11/2/2010

Sweet_Thang on December 25, 2009 at 8:47 AM

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