Quotes of the day

“At a campaign event on Friday for Reid in Nevada, Obama blasted Republicans for opposing his healthcare overhaul. ‘The Republicans say that they’ve got a better way of doing it. So, I want them to put it on the table,’ he said.

“‘We’re going to move forward the Democratic proposal — we hope the Republicans have one too,’ Obama said. ‘And we’ll sit down and let’s hammer it out. We’ll go section by section. America can’t solve our economic problems unless we tackle some of these structural problems.'”

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“And then when unemployment numbers started proving to be much, much tougher and it started becoming more clear that the stimulus package hadn’t worked properly, they just kept plowing ahead on health care. And this isn’t a communications problem. This is a reality problem. And I think they just made some grave miscalculations and as it became more clear that they had screwed up, they just kept doubling down their bet.

“And so I think, no, this is one of the biggest miscalculations that we’ve seen in modern political history.”