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By Garance Franke-Ruta
Comedian Jon Stewart took on the administration's muddled messaging on health-care reform and the role of a public option in it on his show last night, channeling the growing chorus of concerns from liberal lawmakers and Democrats that the president's reform proposals may not, in the end, go far enough. Above, the video that's set tongues wagging.

Posted at 10:31 AM ET on Aug 18, 2009  | Category:  In Case You Missed It
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He LOVES to Play one while on TV! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | August 19, 2009 9:56 PM

To Garance Franke-Ruta and Jon Stewart:

Comparing Obama's weak-kneed indecisiveness to Bush's decision that was based on intelligence from virtually every credible agency in the world, including the UN, is lame at best. saddam had and used WMDs and
saddam's own generals thought he still had WMDs.

Apples and orangutans.

Obama is a mess. He needs to grow a pair and make a stand about something instead of pretending that his kumbaya nonsense is still believed.

Posted by: spamsux1 | August 18, 2009 1:48 PM

All this whining about the Un-American right wing- swatiska- wearing protestors!!
You have a dem president, dem house and dem senate. Pass the Bill already!!!
Or - could it be - even the dems don't like it!!!??? :-)

Posted by: thornegp1 | August 18, 2009 1:31 PM

As usual the Democrats snatch victory from the jaws success. What I admire about the Republicans most is that they seem to be on the same page good or bad, the Democrats on the other hand spend more time fighting each other. I guess that's because their philosophy is all over the place, and the republicans don't tolerate that. Time to remove the old guard from office.

Posted by: woodard3 | August 18, 2009 1:14 PM

With the GOP having such an atrocious history on reform the Democrats should be cleaning house. Alas, that’s not the case. They, Democrats, don’t know how to unite, they don’t know how to present a solid front and they are absolutely the worse debaters in the world. Fifth graders would make them look like idiots. Consequently, I predict that next year they will lose one, if not both, of the houses and they will be defeated by the most mediocre GOP candidate ever in 2012. Note, that the GOP will be doing this when their party is a colossal mess. So what does that tell you about the state of the Democratic Party? They can score a knock out and still lose!!!

Posted by: vmonroe_valnesio | August 18, 2009 1:01 PM

The problem for President Obama is that "the message" does not hold up to scrutiny.

No matter how many times and in how many places he repeats "the message", I can look through the Bills and see that:

1. If I like the health insurance policy I have now, I will be able to keep it for less than a year if this legislation passes.

2. The government mandates will increase my premium costs.

3. I will have to turn over to the government personal bank account information, as well as my health records.

4. The idea of government "competing" with private business is a farce. This is in every Econ. 101 textbook under "Crowding Out."

5. Congress and the Administration have exempted themselves from the Health Care debaucle. No "government option" for them.

So, for me, Obama can "chatter" all he wants about his message -- I'll be reading the proposed legislation, in an attempt to find out what's really going on.

Posted by: harry9 | August 18, 2009 12:48 PM

Typical dems. Stab each other in the back and then wonder why no one listens.

How embarrassing to us dems to have little
kids trying to do a adults job!

Hey DEMS thanks for nothing as usually.

Get in office and then become a dueshbag and hurt the people who got you there.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | August 18, 2009 12:34 PM

Oh man! I had a mouthfull of coffee when John ripped off Sam E's "old timey" moustashe. I could not hold it. Love ya John. He makes more sense in his 30 mins show than Fox does in 24 hrs.
Health care reform will soon become just another give away to the Insurers and Industry rather than a fix to American Health.
Democrats don't fight back nasty like GOP do. If they can't take the heat, they should give up and make room for others who will fight back for America.
Go Cynthia, Cindi, Ron, Mike...

Posted by: Virginian_Ace | August 18, 2009 12:31 PM

Obama is "on message".

He's a corporate hack with a better veneer than bush, but he's no dif.
He's guarnateeing his family will be part of the elite for generations to come, screw you mr. citizen.

for those of you who were fooled by his patter, start THINKINK

Posted by: newagent99 | August 18, 2009 11:41 AM

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