August 23, 2009

PSSST...HE'S NOT BILL CLINTON:

Concern, Doubts From the Left on Obama's Health-Care Plan (Dan Balz, August 23, 2009, Washington Post)

The immediate cause for the rebellion is growing concern among Obama's progressive allies that he is prepared to deal away the public insurance option to win passage of a health-care bill. Obama insists that he still prefers the public option as part of any legislative package, but some friends on the left now clearly doubt his resolve.

That has given way to broader criticisms: Is Obama tough enough to defeat the interests arrayed against health-care legislation? Has he lost the passion that was such an asset during the campaign? Have his rhetorical skills been muted as he descends into the dry, arcane details of health care? Is he too enamored of bipartisan consensus, given what is seen as Republican implacability? Has he given up the moral high ground in the health-care battle?


There's only one problem with asking those questions--they all assume a Barack Obama who never existed except in their own minds. Consider only the whole Reverend Wright controversy. Mr. Obama immediately dropped his church when it became inconvenient and was incapable of defending his past membership, but was fortunate enough to have opponents who let him slide. He displayed no toughness, no eloquence, and no passion as he abandoned any pretense that he was morally grounded.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 23, 2009 7:22 AM
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