Sometimes I think The One secretly wants a Republican wave next year. If his agenda’s going to go down in flames, it’d help his reelection bid a bunch to have a strong GOP obstacle to blame for its failure. As it is, he’s reduced to pathetic spin like this to complement the demagoguery about un-American brownshirted evil-mongers oozing out of the Democratic leadership. Scapegoat politics, Alinsky-style:
While continuing to argue he wants a bipartisan bill, President Obama today for first time publicly blamed Congressional Republican leaders for seeing health care reform in only political terms. And for the first time he acknowledged Democrats might go it alone.
Before a crowd of loyal Democrats this afternoon, President Obama said his party would pass health care reform with or without Republicans…
Earlier, in a radio interview, the President for the first time publicly accused Republican leaders of trying to kill health care reform for political reasons
“I think early on, a decision was made by the Republican leadership that said, ‘Look, let’s not give them a victory. maybe we can have a replay of 1993-94 when Clinton came in. He failed on health care and the we won on the midterm elections. and we got the majority.’ And I think there are some folks who are taking a page out of that playbook.”
Bear in mind, all this sturm und drang is over a handful of GOP votes. If they water down the bill until it’s soaking wet, maybe they get Grassley, the wonder twins from Maine, and one or two others to vote for it. That’s what constitutes bipartisan cover to the Obama spin machine. Only one problem: The more they water it down, the more likely it is that House progressives will walk away and the bill will stall. In fact, no less than Pelosi herself threatened House Blue Dogs, Senate Democrats, and The One today by warning that without a public option, ObamaCare ain’t going anywhere. If that’s true then it’s probably impossible to win Republican votes for it; given the growing public opposition to the bill, even Snowe and Collins may decide that they simply can’t sign off on a government alternative — which leaves Obama in a thoroughly wee-wee’d situation, to paraphrase the great orator of our age. To see how he ended up there, read this excellent, withering Jay Cost post about Team Barry’s inexplicable inability to predict the split between centrist Dems and liberals. It is indeed amateur hour at the White House.