August 17, 2009
Is anyone in charge?
Press secretary Gibbs said on Face the Nation yesterday, "Obama will be satisfied if the private insurance market has choice and competition." He really said that. I am not kidding. Note to Gibbs: stay home on Sunday. The headline in the NY Times: "Public Option in Health Plan May be Dropped." (Read "may" as "has been dropped." As in, "we lost.")
HHS secretary Sebelius, proving she is not ready to play in the Major Leagues, said "the public option was not the essential element. [Sit before reading.] "This [public option] is just one sliver of it, one aspect of it." Back to Kansas, please!
And the ubiquitous David Axelrod, proving the axiom that former campaign staff are rarely good staff in the White House, added, "The president remains convinced that a public plan was best way to go." Imagine that half-time pep talk. Back to Chicago! Go elect somebody. Open a gubernatorial race in Wisconsin--go for it!
And Democrat Kent Conrad won't be pushed to vote just after Fighting Bob Fest. (I made that up.)
"We will be ready when we are ready. We will not be bound by any (presidential) deadline," said Conrad. Conrad, in his first Senate campaign said he would not seek re-election if the national debt was not cut in half. About five years into his first term he was asked about the pledge. He said, "I had a temperature of 102 degrees that day." Maybe Obama should take his temperature now. He and his co-op idea may be delusional.
It sure looks like we are watching a disaster unfold before our eyes. I am eager for Tom Harkin's keynote at Fighting Bob Fest. The choir needs a boost.
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How about you - Ed - organize another Madison rally for health care reform?
I suspect that the news that the Administration is apparently abandoning insistence on a public option would prompt even more people to march and attend.
Let's not wait until Bob fest.
-Michael Olneck | Madison, WI | August 17, 2009
Different subject, but I wanted to pick your brain on this: with Doyle not running, what are your thoughts as to Barbara Lawtons' chances? I'm a loyal life-long Dem, but just the sound and cadence of her speech(es) is like chalk on a blackboard to me.
-Badgervan | Green Bay, WI | August 17, 2009