When we finished taping today’s Trifecta, Bill Whittle and I were just saying “wow,” over and over again after Scott Ott’s closing rant.
The public option isn’t dead; it’s just resting:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scrambling to push back the notion she lacks the votes for a “robust” public option.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) called an emergency meeting of her caucus Friday morning to declare that she has not abandoned the push for including that provision in a healthcare bill.
The Speaker met late Thursday night with the Progressive Caucus, the bloc of Democrats most supportive of a robust public option, and assured them that it was still on the table, according to a member in attendance.
This is what you do in politics, right before pulling the rug out from somebody — in this case, out from under the “Progressive” Caucus. This entire health bill is bad, but the
public government option is the worst part.
And before long, it seems likely that the Democratic coalition is going to be on life support. The moderates and the left-liberals just can’t get along on the government option, which is why it was so shortsighted of Obama to push for it. And shortsighted isn’t the way he usually plays.
Which makes me feel just terrible. Honestly, there could be tears.
UPDATE: Apropos of nothing, here’s a link to the best site on the internet.
UPDATE 2 – ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: Did I really just use references to Star Trek, Monty Python, and Serenity in one short post about health care overhaul? Geekiest. Post. Ever.
UPDATE III – THE FINAL CONFLICT: Oh, and of course in that last update I worked in references to Breakin’ 2 and The Simpsons. I’ll stop now.
Rasmussen reports on the state of the GOP:
Just 15% of Republicans who plan to vote in 2012 state primaries say the party’s representatives in Congress have done a good job of representing Republican values.
And although Rasmussen can’t describe it this way, there’s no small amount of schizophrenia amongst Republicans:
Nationally, 29% of Republican voters say former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is their pick to represent the GOP in the 2012 presidential campaign, while 24% prefer former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and 18% like former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
You can’t complain that the GOP has lost its values and support Mike Huckabee. Well, you can — but you’d be an idiot.
Peter Wehner on the President’s War on Fox News:
One of the attractions of Obama during the election — one of his attractions to me, who wrote favorably about him several times — was his tone and countenance, his apparent interest in a serious engagement with issues, and his professed allergy to politics practiced by those who are bitter and brittle. We should, he said, “resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.” He went on to say, “I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.” All impressive and high-minded sentiments. And all, apparently, a ruse.
Read the whole thing.
But before you do, I’ll add my two cents. Even if Obama’s “allergy” wasn’t a ruse, his turn to Nixonian tactics might have been inevitable. When your policies are hyperpartisan, at some point you’re going to need tactics to match. Which brings us to Peggy Noonan. Here’s the takeaway sentence from her WSJ column this morning:
Republicans would best heed this as they gear up for 2010: Don’t hit him, hit his policies.
That’s why none of the Ayers stuff worked in 2008, and is unlikely to work in 2010. That cool exterior, that “allergy” described by Wehner — nobody is buying that the President is a wild-eyed radical. Oh, he’s pretty radical, all right. But he’s very, very cool about it. He’s the kind of radical people wouldn’t mind having as “just a guy in the neighborhood.”
Go after the policies. They’re losers. Obama is, for now at least, still a winner.
Although by 2012, I expect Fox News to be much more popular than the President.
Wow, that was fast. Scott Ott, Bill Whittle and I barely finished taping this Trifecta segment before the PJTV crew cleaned up all the nudity and foul language and got it posted on the innerwebs.
Anyway, I took the first round, and the three of us looked at the President’s war against a certain TV network. So is President Obama stupid — or stupid like a fox? Check it out.
President Obama hasn’t yet made a decision to make a decision:
President Barack Obama has not yet determined whether he will make a decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan before the November 7 election runoff, a US official said Tuesday.
“The UN, NATO, the US stand ready to assist the Afghans in conducting the second round,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.
“Whether or not the president makes a decision before that I don’t think has been determined.
An $800 billion payoff to political interests? Oh, we’ve got to get that passed in a hurry, within days of the inaugural. Overhauling one-sixth of the US economy? Obama wanted that done in August. Cap and tax? Same story.
But a real-life life-or-death decision on Afghanistan? What’s the rush?
From the LA Times house blog, here’s some self-defeating cleverness from some clueless Democrats:
Here’s what the new administration’s supporters did to help change the perennial partisan tone in the nation’s capitol and bring all sides together for a clean break with the past silliness, while delivering on the eloquent Illinoisan’s campaign vows of real change. Si se puede. They delivered a trio of mops to the Republicans so the now minority party responsible for the last eight years of mess can help clean it up.
Get it? Clean up the Capitol’s mess with mops. Wow, what a nifty visual! And on RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s 51st birthday too. What an original and refreshing break from the comedic playground acts of political operatives there in recent years.
At this point, the best we could possibly hope for is that the entire leadership gets mopped up by the voters next fall.
If it’s Monday, it must be time to kneecap the Sunday morning chat shows. And even though I spent the weekend in Vegas and lost most of my voice, I spent today doing just that. On this week’s Hair of the Dog:
Terry McAuliffe throws up his hands at Obama’s antics.
Juan Williams drinks the Fox Kool-Aid.
This is your Cadillac and this is your Cadillac on taxes.
Plus, ABC News can’t get enough of insulting concerned Americans. But you knew that already.
Oops — also forgot to put up the links to this week’s Week in Blogs on PJTV. But I have a very good excuse. I was in Vegas. So, here they are:
Too good to factcheck.
Aspen in now Bat Country.
Do not click.
Epic health fail.
I fought the law and the law… got its butt pretty much kicked.
Code Pink goes marching off to war.
They don’t just give those away.
Rooting out waste and fraud.
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
If you missed WiB on PJTV this weekend, now would be an excellent time to check it out.
Scott “Scrappleface” Ott is running for Lehigh County (PA) Executive — and just found a donor who will match the next $1,000 in donations. Donate $50, Scott’s campaign will get $100.
And he sure could use the help.
Spent the weekend on my feet at BlogWorld in Vegas, and totally forgot to link the new PJM Political. On this week’s show:
Pajamas CEO Roger L. Simon interviews, from the left, John Aravosis of AmericaBlog.com, and from the right, Dan Blatt of Gay Patriot.net, on President Obama’s promise to end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the Defense of Marriage Act.
From PJTV.com’s weekly Trifecta program, Scott Ott of Scrappleface.com, PJTV’s Bill Whittle and PJM Political host Steve Green debate the epic fail of the new GOP.com Website.
Bill Whittle interviews Col. Austin Bay, the co-author of A Quick & Dirty Guide To War, on President Obama’s next actions in Central Asia, including Afghanistan, Pakistan & India.
Joe Hicks of PJTV.com on President Obama and net neutrality, a topic he’ll explore with Veronica Belmont of MaximumPC, beginning with the obvious question – just what the heck is net neutrality, anyhow! And then asking, “Does Net Neutrality Mean Censoring the Internet?”
Instapundit.com’s Glenn Reynolds interviews Steven Pressfield, author of Gates Of Fire, Killing Rommel, and other works of military historical fiction – and a very non-military book eventually adapted into a movie starring Will Smith, The Legend of Bagger Vance.
As always, producer Ed Driscoll has put together a great show.
The evidence that can be gleaned is that Arianna and her gang of 100 acolytes that “staff” the Po have a burn rate of maybe $1M/month, giving the Po about a 24 month shelf life (from last December, giving them about a year to live … unless they get a new cash infusion).
The Po was funded, as a business, by a venture capitalist. Not an advocacy site like Center for American Progress. There is zero evidence that the Po is generating, or capable of ever generating anything like $12M a year. (Just a guess, but … where are the ads???)
Nor is there much evidence that the Po has anything like the political clout of populist bootstrap webspaces like the much less expensive, feisty, DailyKos or the really, really smart Personal Democracy Forum. The Po — except for the rare columns by Esther Dyson and a few others — not only is journalistically shoddy — parajournalism, really — but is consistently guilty of the most unforgivable crime on the Web.
It’s completely predictable and boring: Mad Magazine for Liberals.
It’s conjecture, but it’s conjecture with some pretty solid-looking numbers to back it up.
Austin Bay on the Peace Prize:
Obama’s Nobel is the result of the Left’s “long march through the institutions,” a phrase encapsulating the route ’60s hard left political radicals took to gain control of universities, media, religious organizations, arts and literary associations, and businesses in order to break the chains of “bourgeois” hegemony and bring about “true revolution.” If this sounds neo- or semi- or vaguely Marxist, well, indeed it is — secular utopians dedicated to creating paradise on earth once the politically correct people are in control.
Read the whole thing, especially the last half, where Austin talks about some of the people who maybe actually deserved the Nobel.
I participated in a blogger’s conference call this afternoon RNC Chairman Michael Steele and New Media Director Todd Herman, to announce the beta launch of the New! GOP.com. It was so exciting, that Scott Ott, Bill Whittle and I felt absolutely compelled to shoot a fourth Trifecta segment, just to poke fun at it.