The First Draft: too Mr. Nice Guy?
It doesn’t matter that the healthcare debate has picked apart every argument from every side until nobody knows what actually is going to happen on that front. There are still fresh opinions to be found every day.
Pointing out Paul Krugman in The New York Times today saying “It’s hard to avoid the sense that Mr. Obama has wasted months trying to appease people who can’t be appeased, and who take every concession as a sign that he can be rolled.”
Don’t miss the exchange between host Jon Stewart and Betsy McCaughey, who started the saber-rattling on what later became known as death panels, last night on “The DailyShow”.
President Barack Obama will have a closed-door healthcare consultation today with someone who is quite well-versed in the politics of Washington: former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, who was Obama’s first pick for health secretary.
Republican critics must be savoring the sight of Democrats unable to come together on healthcare even when they control Congress and the White House.
And we want to hear from you. Is Obama being too “Mr. Nice Guy” in the healthcare debate? What should he do next? What about opponents of the healthcare overhaul — are they playing their cards right?
The Obama family is off on vacation to Martha’s Vineyard next week, Congress is still on summer break, but it’s doubtful the healthcare debate will take a breather.
Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Obama speaks at a healthcare forum)