Monday, December 7, 2009

What else didn't he mention?

Over the weekend the President made yet another trip up to the Senate to meet with the Democratic caucus, remind them yet again of the importance of health care reform, and to remind them yet again of the hellfire and wrath that will be visited upon them by the voters if they show themselves to be completely incompetent instead on only mostly incompetent. Is the 17th time the charm? Well, when the meeting was over, the Senators emerged, their faces filled with smiles, and recommitted petty political gamesmanship based on and around what the President did and didn't say.
As President Obama finished his speech to the Democratic caucus in the Capitol's Mansfield Room on Sunday afternoon, Joe Lieberman made his way over to Harry Reid.

The independent who still caucuses with Democrats wanted to point something out to the Majority Leader: Obama didn't mention the public option.

Lieberman was beaming as he left the room and happy to re-point it out when HuffPost asked him what Obama had said about the public health insurance option, perhaps the most contentious issue still facing Democrats as they negotiate their way toward a final health care reform bill.
Ahh Barry, you can't even throw a pretend bone of support in a private meeting to an idea you championed during the campaign. But I'm sure when the public option is stripped out and replaced with some bad compromise (newest plan: make the public option private run), you'll talk about how you wished it could have been in, but it just slipped your mind to ever fight for it once over a nearly one year period. Also not mentioned: abortion. So I'm sure that bodes well for Ben Nelson's "Silly women, don't you know that old men from Nebraska have more sense about your lady bits than you do?" bill. On the bright side, Joe Lieberman was thrilled by everything that went on in the meeting. So, I'm sure the American people at large are going to be fucked hard, because I can't recall him ever being ecstatic about anything that made my life better.

So now everyone gets to be paranoid and angry over what is and isn't mentioned in 'rally' speeches to cretins. But soon these important battles over omissions and inclusions will be over, and in the next few months and over the next seven times the President heads up to Capitol to rally everyone, the Senate can start arguing on more important things: like his syllable emphasis and voice inflection. Maybe after that, there will be an actual debate on the actual worthiness of some of the proposals being considered.

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