The Obama We Can Expect For the Next Four Years
"When will the White House stop wasting its time trying to convert people like Grassley to real health care reform?" Arianna Huffington asked on Twitter. The answer is never. The townhall meeetings have gotten increasingly out of control. Republicans Jim DeMint and Michael Steele have called health care Obanma's Waterloo. Obama praised Republican Charles Grassley's work as being bipartisan. Grassley repaid Obama's praise by saying Obama was advocating death panels.
“In the House bill, there is counseling for end of life,” Grassley said Wednesday during a town hall in Winterset, Iowa. “You have every right to fear. You shouldn’t have counseling at the end of life, you should have done that 20 years before. Should not have a government run plan to decide when to pull the plug on grandma.”
Keith Olbermann interviewed Huffington. Both Olbermann and Huffington seemed bewildered by Obama's refusal to fight for health care reform. I'm convinced Obama believes he can charm his way into getting his health care reform bill. This is the Obama we can expect for the next four years. Don't believe me? Huffington stressed the need for the federal government to have to power to negotiate for cheaper drugs. Obama already promised the pharmaceutical industry that the White House won't back legislation for the federal government to cut a Wal-Mart-style deal.
This is Obama's governing style. Obama bended over backwards to please Rick Warren and abandoned ending "Don't Ask Don't Tell." The administration asked for a loophole for corporate bonueses. The public was outraged when AIG executives were awarded huge bonues. Obama desperately wants to please the conservative base. I am certainly not implying Obama is a Republican. Eventually, Obama's progressive base is going to get fed up. Obama will wake up and find his faith-based initiative and corporate favors will not have helped his political base.