President Obama, sensing that nobody in America wants anything to do with a health care plan designed by anybody in Washington or the surrounding suburbs, townships, villages and hamlets, has graciously invited Republicans to a meeting designed to culminate in them getting voted out of office.
From the New York Times:
WASHINGTON â€” President Obama said Sunday that he would convene a half-day bipartisan health care session at the White House to be televised live this month, a high-profile gambit that will allow Americans to watch as Democrats and Republicans try to break their political impasse.
Mr. Obama made the announcement in an interview on CBS during the Super Bowl pre-game show, capitalizing on a vast television audience. He set out a plan that would put Republicans on the spot to offer their own ideas on health care and show whether both sides are willing to work together.
I’ll give Obama credit for the strategy, if that’s what you can call it. He realizes that his health care plan is as popular as John Edwards at Elizabeth’s family reunion, but Democrats are incapable of giving up on the power and money grab, so the only hope is to try and pressure Republicans into getting on board so they’ll get voted out along with Democrats and it’ll all be a wash.
Coakley’s loss combined with the polling plunge of many pro-Obamacare Dems does little to motivate many Democrats to attend Obama’s televised meeting, let alone Republicans.
Obama’s “bipartisan session” offer comes across a little like Hirohito boarding the USS Missouri to tell General MacArthur, “Okay Doug, we’ve decided to give you just one more chance.”
Any Republican member of Congress who goes to this televised circus to do anything other than laugh and leave deserves to be voted out.
The only question that should be asked of Obama and the Dems is “How come you want all the arm-twisting televised but don’t want to televise the nuts and bolts construction of the actual health care bill where all the back room deals are made?”
Update: House Republicans respond to Obama’s summit invite. Clearly they’re not going to take the bait. Good.