President Obama’s “bipartisan Congressional meeting on health care” takes place today in a last-ditch effort to convince politicians that supporting it is worth getting voted out of office for. It’s also one final attempt to “Jedi mind trick” the American people into believing they want Obamacare even if they’re too stupid to know it.
Sen. Chris Dodd, D.-Conn., who will be among the lawmakers participating, worked a rally of supporters on the eve of Thursday’s meeting, scheduled to start at 10 a.m. EST.
“After that meeting, you can either join us or get out of the way,” Dodd said.
Yep, sounds like an open mind willing to listen to the opposing argument. Dodd reminds me of Robert Gibbs talking about fair civil legal proceedings for terror detainees: “We’ll give them a fair, impartial trial — then we’ll execute ’em.”
I hereby pledge to fully support any Republican who shows up to this meeting carrying a mop.
A CNN poll shows that only 25% of Americans want the Dems health care bill passed. The only way to make the bill more politically radioactive would be to put John Edwards’ picture on it and hold the final vote in Chernobyl — so there is virtually no upside to Republicans even opening their mouths at this thing other than to oppose it. “When your opponent is kicking his own ass, let him” and all that.
The meeting starts at 10 a.m. eastern and goes until about 4, and you can watch live here — Just be sure you’ve had your gag reflex surgically removed first (that’ll be covered under Obamacare, by the way):
In other “bipartisan” news, Obama is said to be considering Scott Brown’s offer to play a basketball game. I don’t think Obama has much to worry about, because judging from Cosmo Scott’s vote on the Jobs Bill, Brown plans to be playing on Obama’s team, not against it.
Update: Michelle Malkin made this observation while watching the meeting:
11:47am Eastern. McConnell notes that Dems have had 52 minutes. GOP has had 24. Obama snips: â€œThere was an imbalance in the opening statements because I am the president.â€ In other words: I WON.
One side has earned more bipartisanship than the other.
Update II: This “debate” is starting to be a little disheartening no matter what the outcome. It’s like knowing your fate is in the hands of whoever wins an argument between Larry, Moe and Curly.
Update III: For a bunch of people who claim to be into “transparency,” the Dems sure seem to be breaking out into hives whenever a Republican simply reads what’s in the bill.