Monthly Archives February 2010

VIDEO MONTAGE: OBAMA’S SUMMIT SCOWLS

One of the more Orwellian memes adopted by the ”news” media about last week’s health reform summit is that the President’s demeanor was “professorial.” Obama was, they tell us, “smooth,” “unruffled,” and “unflappable.” Well, as this video montage of his summit expressions shows, he’s actually pretty darned flappable. It’s blindingly obvious that this is a man who doesn’t hear many alternative viewpoints and who doesn’t much like the [...]

VIDEO: DEMOCRAT SENATOR KENT CONRAD CONFIRMS THAT RECONCILIATION WON’T WORK FOR OBAMACARE

On Face the Nation, Democrat Senator Kent Conrad confirmed that reconciliation WILL NOT WORK to pass Obamacare: Reconciliation cannot be used to pass comprehensive health care reform. It won’t work. It won’t work because it was never designed for that kind of significant legislation. It was designed for deficit reduction  … Here’s the video (which [...]

NOT TO WORRY: RECONCILIATION AIN’T GONNA SAVE OBAMACARE

I see we have a new wave of angst among conservatives about the possible use of reconciliation, the once-obscure procedural gimmick that would allow the Dems to get around a GOP filibuster, to pass Obamacare. Here’s  a typical example of conservative handwringing from Andy McCarthy: I hear Republicans getting giddy over the fact that “reconciliation,” if it comes to that, is a [...]

DUMBEST REFORM POST OF THE WEEK (IX)

The easy winner of this week’s prize is Joe Klein’s latest contribution to the Swampland blog, in which he avers that Obama got the best of the GOP at yesterday’s summit: Obama came out well ahead of the Republicans …the Republicans had nothing very interesting, or clever, to say … the President was his usual, unflappable, well-informed self. If you watched the [...]

MEANWHILE, BACK AMONG THE DEMAGOGUES, REP. WEINER SHOWS HIS BEHIND IN THE HOUSE

I guess Anthony Weiner was jealous of all the headlines his fellow demagogues were getting at the summit, so he showed his posterior in the well of the House yesterday: Make no mistake about it. Every single Republican I have ever met in my entire life is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the insurance industry. That any [...]

RYAN BEATS OBAMA LIKE A DRUM AT SUMMIT

This has to be seen to be believed. Republican congressman Paul Ryan gives the President a six-minute lecture on his own plan. My bet is that Obama hasn’t heard this much detail about it from his own advisors, and his expression suggests that he doesn’t much care for it. Among other things, Ryan says: This bill does not control [...]

HC SUMMIT: OBAMA’S HUBRIS BURIES REFORM

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote in the American Spectator that Obamacare was killed by the President himself. Today, he buried the corpse. His arrogant behavior at the summit deep-sixed it. Today’s exercise should have been good for him. He had two huge advantages: control of the format and a press corps ready to report anything he did right as a stroke of [...]

SUMMIT VIDEO: OBAMA TELLS MCCAIN “THE ELECTION’S OVER”

The One’s supreme arrogance truly reveals itself in this clip. In response to a perfectly reasonable statement from John McCain, Obama dismissed him with a testy, “The election’s over.? When McCain attempted to continue the dialogue, Obama talked over him and then changed the subject by switching to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Obama’s definition of [...]

VIDEO PARODY: THE BLAIR HOUSE PROJECT

The NRCC has put together a short-but-funny parody of the “Blair Witch Project,” previewing today’s health care “reform” summit: It’s hard to tell what’s scarier – the Democrats’ politically toxic healthcare agenda or the fact that the majority party in Washington thinks that Americans are willing to swallow a plan that kills jobs, raises taxes, and [...]

STUPAK: 15-20 HOUSE DEMS WILL REFUSE TO VOTE FOR OBAMACARE 2.0

Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak says there are 15-20 Democrats in the House who will never vote for the President’s bill. The original House bill passed by only 5 votes. So, even if only 6 or 7 defect, Obamacare 2.0 is DOA. He goes on to say that it’s not just the language on abortion that they object [...]