August 3, 2009

KILLING THE AGENDA TO SAVE THE PRESIDENCY:

Obama's Best Friends: Vilified centrist Democrats, the Blue Dogs, aren’t trying to kill a health-care overhaul. They’re the president’s best hope to save it, and his mainstream mantle. (John Avlon, 8/03/09, Daily Beast)

President Obama’s health-care overhaul efforts—and his overall poll numbers—are suffering from bailout backlash. Fifty percent of Americans disapprove of the president’s health-care efforts to date, compared to 44 percent who approve—echoing the 55 percent who disapprove of Obama’s handling of the federal deficit. The Gallup poll sums up these findings neatly by saying: “Americans are concerned about the long-term implications of increased levels of government spending and the expansion of government's role in society.”

This should be a wakeup call for both the Obama administration and congressional Democrats. But the only people who seem to be listening are the Blue Dog Democrats, and a small bipartisan group of Senate centrists.

Attacked as villains by liberals and accused of slowing down the legislation’s passage, they are the unsung heroes of health-care reform. They are not trying to kill Obama’s initiative; they are trying to save it.


No, they're Republicans and Democrats temporarily representing Republican districts and they're trying to kill it, and cap-n-trade, which might just save the Obama presidency.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 3, 2009 7:09 AM
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