As a veteran of hard-core street organizing with a fair amount of experience at bare-knuckled, backroom political brawling, there’s not a whole lot than can surprise a guy like me.

But when I watched Barack Obama’s interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, I saw something that made me sit up and take notice. During the interview, President Obama stated:

I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or the Senate.

What I can tell you is that the vote that’s taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform. And if the people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform.  And I don’t think we should pretend otherwise.

Let me get this straight. Obama is a Harvard-trained constitutional lawyer who once taught con law at the University of Chicago. Yet, here’s this man, the president, saying: “I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or the Senate.”

Wait a minute — didn’t this president have any constitutional concerns about the “procedure” involved in the strong-arm tactics that were employed to pass a government-run health care plan that amounts to a takeover of one-sixth of the nation’s economy?

Even Democrats had grave concerns about the process to jam through a health care plan few Americans wanted. Democrat pollsters Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen noted before the House vote that “four-fifths of those who oppose the plan strongly oppose it … while only half of those who support the plan do so strongly.”

Nonetheless, Obama has tried to present himself as a deep thinker, a cautious, intellectual president who moves carefully — in other words, a political pragmatist. However, his ruthless rush to pass a health care bill — damn the consequences or the methods used — exposed him as an opportunist who will trash the Constitution if necessary to gain a legacy for himself and remake America as we’ve known it. If we let him, Obama — rooted as he is in the beliefs of the old radical Saul Alinsky — would have America resemble a European-style social democracy, not the nation that rose to greatness based on individual liberty and free market capitalism.