Earlier this month, after both houses of Congress passed different healthcare bills, Obama agreed to a plan that would allow Democratic leaders to sidestep conference committee to once again shut the GOP out of the process. This, despite his oft-repeated promise on the campaign trail to make the debate open and on C-SPAN.

Yesterday, Politico reported that Obama plans to take a “combative” turn to fight for healthcare if Scott Brown wins today’s election in Massachusetts.

I’m sure there are other examples, but these stories do not paint a picture of a president interested in “honest and vigorous” debate, and the arguments of those who may disagree with him. His actions on healthcare alone suggest not one who puts evidence-based pragmatism ahead of ideology. It’s time for Brooks to bury his Fantasy Obama and face reality – he was suckered.