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Obama's health care summit: What to watch for

With the bipartisan health care summit at Blair House blotting out the political sun today, we are dedicating the entire "Morning Fix" to the five things you should watch for at today's meeting. (Need a sixth thing to watch? How about the Fix and the Post's Ezra Klein previewing the big event? On video!)

Make sure to stay tuned to the Fix all day for some live-tweeting of the summit (via the "Hyperfix"), which will start at 10 a.m., as well as some instant analysis once it all wraps up around 4 p.m. Enjoy!

1. Flip the script: While the networks -- and the Fix -- will cover this event as though it's a boxing match between two heavyweight titans, the truth is that it's closer to a pro wrestling match. Remember this is a televised event for which both sides have been preparing for weeks; neither side wants -- to quote Radiohead -- any alarms or surprises. And so, the storylines are scripted -- President Obama and the assembled Democrats will paint themselves as the man/men with the plan while Republicans will portray themselves as standing against a piece of legislation that the American people don't want. But, like pro wrestling, just because the events are pre-scripted doesn't mean they are devoid of real drama. Anytime this many personalities with this many disparate political and policy interests get in one room with the cameras rolling, it's bound to produce some quotable and memorable moments. (To extend the wrestling metaphor, today's summit amounts to a battle royal match.) The question is whether these unscripted moments come more from Democrats or Republicans and whether they play positively (Ronald Reagan's "I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience" line) or negatively (the "Dean scream"). In an event this long (and this heavy on policy prescriptions) the media will almost certainly latch on to the few unscripted moments. Who wins those moments will play a large role in who wins coverage of the summit.

2. Appearances Matter: Whether they admit it or not, Republicans were stung a bit by President Obama's command performance at their retreat in Baltimore last month. Obama looked, well, presidential while many of the Republican questioners came off as malcontents trying to trip him up solely for the sake of seeing him fall. The fact that Republican leadership backed off their initial threats to boycott the summit shows that they grasp the point they must get across -- that they can be responsible stewards if the American people decide to hand back control of Congress to them later this year. With Democrats in charge of all levers of power in Washington, Republicans rarely get the sort of opportunity they have today to make their case and show their stuff to the American people (or at least the segment of the American people who have six spare hours during the work week to watch policy discussions on TV). Republicans would do well to adopt a sort of "happy warrior" mentality; stand firm in their opposition to the President's plan but avoid any sort of head-shaking, Joe Wilson moments that could cast them as the angry minority party. Ensuring that the viewing public also knows that Republicans have a plan on health care -- or at least the elements of a plan -- is critically important too. This is a major opportunity for Republicans to make their case. Can they deliver?

3. Democratic division?: For as long as there have been a Senate and a House, the two chambers have not exactly seen eye to eye -- no matter which party controls each. The House views the Senate as slow-moving and change-averse; the Senate looks at the House as you would a younger (and much less mature) brother. The extended debate over health care has exacerbated this natural division and raised the prospect that we might see a bit of Democrat-on-Democrat fighting today as the representatives from each chamber seek to guide the discussion in a way that makes their version of the health care bill more likely to pass. Already, some fissures are apparent; Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak (D), who won a concession on abortion language in the House bill that was subsequently stripped from the Senate bill, said Wednesday that he does not think the Senate legislation currently has the votes to pass the lower chamber. Stupak won't be at Blair House today -- here's the full roster of attendees -- but every person in that room is well aware of his comments.

4. New approach (or more of the same)?: The political battle lines on health care have been drawn for months. The White House tried to shake up the status quo earlier this week with the unveiling of what they billed as the president's plan but what really wound up being (largely) the plan that passed the Senate with a few slight tweaks -- most notably the creation of a federal authority to oversee insurance rates. But, the White House used the coverage of the unveiling to bludgeon Republicans with the charge that the minority party had yet to bring any new or innovative ideas to the table. Republican strategists are rightly sensitive to the "party of no" label and could make major inroads in discrediting it if they can debut some new idea or new proposal during the summit. (If any Republican is going to throw the "new, big idea" out there, our money is on Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, a wonky, rising star who knows his way around policy like few others members in either party.)

5. Must See TV? Few events -- outside of presidential debates and the parties' national conventions -- draw this sort of wall-to-wall coverage from the cable networks and the rest of the media horde (of which the Fix is a card-carrying member). The question is whether a six-hour policy discussion on health care conducted in the middle of the day can hold the attention of a large number of people for any real amount of time. Yes, for policy wonks like the Post's Ezra Klein, who knows more about this topic than is healthy, this is a dream come true. But, for the average person, how long do they watch the proceedings (if at all) and does what they see change their mind about the issue? Public opinion has been largely static on the issue for months and it's hard to imagine too many minds being changed as a result of what will be a heavily scripted, made-for-TV moment. So, don't read too much into what you see. What happens in the days following the summit -- particularly with regards the ongoing debate over the political feasibility of reconciliation -- is far more important in terms of the fate of the overall bill than what happens at Blair House today.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 25, 2010; 12:10 AM ET
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The point is Obama did NOT go in there to find a BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE ON A MIDDLE GROUND.

Instead, Obama was just playing a game - with PARTISAN motives - and PARTISAN OBJECTIVES.

THAT IS A FRAUD.

OBAMA IS A WALKING FRAUD AGAINST HIS OWN CAMPAIGN THEMES.

DON'T GET MAD AT ME IF YOU WERE FOOLED INTO VOTING FOR HIM.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 26, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

CAN YOU TELL me the areas in which Obama offered a compromise between his position and the Republican positions ???


Can you point to the compromises which Obama offered ???


Everyone pretty much knew where the sides stood this morning - so in seven hours - did Obama offer any middle ground - any offer in the middle - any compromise ???

Tell me.


Go ahead.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 26, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

i called out sick today to watch this summit. the repugs were sad and predictable. i was really looking forward to a debate with something, but the party of no had nothing at all. that was also predictable. they looked stupid. our president however, was great. loved it when he nailed them on things the dems had included from their side, and then they trashed their own stuff. great.

Posted by: dihi548 | February 25, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

"The Republicans should come in to the meeting carrying their birth certificates and ask Obama, "Where's yours?"

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | February 25, 2010 6:22 AM "

I can understand their anger.

they not only got their clocks cleaned, but by a guy who isn't even a citizen.

who'll beat 'em next--household appliances?

Posted by: Ichristian | February 25, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Drindl,

“I would guess that most 'conservatives' were raised in such emotionally barren families -- ie, parents who are just like them now -- that they never really achieved human potential and behave by and large like beasts.”

I have read a lot of stupid comments by conservatives, but your lack of intelligence and your condescending comments ranks right up there with the lot of them. When I read the many incantations of KOZ or Jake I question do conservative really think, but then you and Chrisfox come along and post I am assured that both sides have their village idiots.

Posted by: sliowa1 | February 25, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Did Boehner actually have something to say.

Posted by: The-Historian | February 25, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I understand what you mean, shrink. I was reflecting recently on the lack of empathy, generosity and all the traits which we associate with 'humanity' and how the rightwing brain just isn't wired for them.

It made me think of those documented feral children, raised by wolves and so forth, who never learned to speak, to eat with utensils, even to walk on two legs, or to communicate, except the most basic gutteral indications of rage, fear, etc.

I would guess that most 'conservatives' were raised in such emotionally barren families -- ie, parents who are just like them now -- that they never really achieved human potential and behave by and large like beasts.

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Since there is a break in the *action* and this side is not yet clogged, drindl, it turns out, getting a life is the most difficult task 37(and everyone else) will ever face. George Valliant's book Adaptation to Life, sets up the problem and its solution very well. Erick Erikson and of course Freud and his fellow travelers appreciated the task, but failed to articulate the solution. Suffice to say, slamming political blogs with proof of one's ignorance in general is one way of avoiding the problem.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 25, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Fare should reward McCain for his immaturity and for
Palin with a nice stroke.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 25, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear. Barry caught in his first lie. Rates go up. After lunch he will use the fingers in ears approach.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 25, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Shrink2, that was MY lunch plan. It would make today's snow storm so much... so much more.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 25, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

There we go. The 2008 Election movie and you know it's coming.

John McCain to be played by Clint Eastwood
Barack Obama to be played by Denzel Washington.
Perhaps Rick Moranis or Steve Martin for Joe Biden.
There is, of course, only one person to play Sarah.

Posted by: JakeD3 | February 25, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain should retire. He's beyond peevish... he's gotten into 'you kids get off my lawn' territory.

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

"The White House tried to shake up the status quo earlier this week with the unveiling of what they billed as the president's plan but what really wound up being (largely) the plan that passed the Senate with a few slight tweaks"
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It's worth noting that the Senate bill pretty much *was* what the White House was looking for for from the start, with only very minor differences. That might be interpreted as the result of a much keener understanding of what was politically possible at the White House than in the congress, although I'm also fairly sure that a lot of Harry Reid's willingness to entertain more liberal agenda items that ended up getting dropped was more for the sake of convincing liberals that support wasn't there than any serious belief that they did have it. You could argue I suppose that he should have known the clock might run out if he screwed around too long but I think it's also very arguable whether he could have gotten as far as he did without going through those motions.

Posted by: CalD | February 25, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

while Obumbler fiddles:

The number of Americans filing for initial unemployment insurance surged to just below the 500,000 level last week, and have climbed more than 12% over the past two weeks, the government said Thursday.

Posted by: drivl | February 25, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

In fairness, McC has sounded peevish for 15 months now.

Posted by: JakeD3 | February 25, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama is sounding very peevish in response to McCain drifting from the topic at hand and instead focusing on the process of creating the bill and calling for a return to the start of that process. Very peevish.

Posted by: blert | February 25, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Whe is barry going to take a break and get everyone coffee?

finally something he knows how to do.

Posted by: drivl | February 25, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

YAWN...Of course no plan!

ChooseBestCandidate WE did and he is President.
Just imagine if the USA was saying
Pres. John Mc HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Cain.


BRING ON THE PUBLIC OPTION!

Posted by: 1-20-09 | February 25, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Do you think McCain is still angry about losing? I do. Seething.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 25, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

CC Tweets...

"People who have said nothing so far: Biden, McCain, Sebelius."

Wrong, people who have said nothing so far: everyone in the room.

Ezra Klein says they should take Ecstasy for lunch. Wow.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 25, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Choosethebestcandidate should ChoosetolistentoCSPAN and not worry about the news being slanted one way or the other. That and choosetouseanoccasionalspaceoranunderscore.

Posted by: JakeD3 | February 25, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

YUP!

Remember W and the repubs said these WMD's will kill Americans, WRONG!

Repubs saying health care is wrong for America.
WRONG AGAIN.

Is telling lies like the GOP has a health care plan?? Where is it. Is that you answer to everything another question?


Posted by: 1-20-09 | February 25, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I remain impressed with Tom Coburns proposal to reduce consumer medical prices (as opposed to costs) by 25% in return for Tort Reform is great. He would roll back all medical related prices 25% from 1-20-09 levels and then cap them at 1% annual increases per year or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.

Posted by: Maddogg | February 25, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Ezra Klein is correct again:

"I think the point of this conference is to make sure no one asks for any backroom discussion to be broadcast ever again."

Posted by: shrink2 | February 25, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

This is soooooo boring.
No one has said anything worth noting.

Bad Kabuki.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 25, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Show us that plan?
----------------------------------
another pure case of the misinformed!
only news they get is the obamaNetwork.
are we in a dictatorship yet?
last time i checked we still have choices.
CHOOSE to learn the truth from other networks with the guts to tell it.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | February 25, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: StewartIII | February 25, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

WHERE ARE THOSE WMD's?
=====================================
this is your answer to a healthcare debate?

DEMOCRATS::: the party of miscalculations.
you act silly. we get serious November & 2012.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | February 25, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

republicans have presented many plans that will save BILLIONS

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Show us that plan?

Posted by: 1-20-09 | February 25, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

yadda, yadda, yadda.
obama will push it down our throats.
and we will throw it up come November of this year and again in 2012.

if he wont listen now he will later.
simple enough and works for us.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | February 25, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"The Democrats will make suggestions. The Republicans will turn up their noses and say "No,"
======================
that's only if you beleive the LAMEstreamMedia and obama himself.
republicans have presented many plans that will save BILLIONS but obama & co refuse to accept them because it will make them look bad; they do not have what's best for america ahead of everything. if they did obama would not be going against the wishes of the people.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | February 25, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I bet Obama/Dems will pay for the plans he has.
Not start wars and NOT pay for them!
Pass along the problem (thanks Repubs) but still pay the compaines profiting off dead Americans looking for WMD's.

Thank you bush for killing innocent Americans looking for WMD's!

The country had money before dick-n-bush laughed all the way the the bank for you repubs.

WHERE ARE THOSE WMD's?

Posted by: 1-20-09 | February 25, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR:
a continued Republican sweep as in MA, VA, and NJ.
reid
boxer
pelosi
specter
and all the ones jumping ship before the total embarrassment.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | February 25, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Drindl,

“Sen. Coburn says there is 10% fraud in Medicare and Medicaid. It's worth noting that the bills have proposed anti-fraud initiatives that in part explain why Medicare would be reduced 10% or so.”

I didn’t know fraud was so easy to control. We put verbiage on fraud and thus its eliminated. I think we should put in more anti-fraud statements in other major pieces of legislation so we can save tax payers money. How long have the D controlled congress and they have ignored this basic principle? Please fraud is always going to be apart of any legislation. However, let me say R are just as disingenuous when they cut social programs but say they are actually increasing money to help the poor by eliminating fraud.

Posted by: sliowa1 | February 25, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"Today's event is more like a pro wrestling match than a heavyweight boxing match."

One sentence that seems to sum up everything that happens in Washington lately. Scripted and staged with overzealous, phony characters, the outcome decided before they step into the ring.

The Democrats will make suggestions. The Republicans will turn up their noses and say "No," having banished all other negotiating terms from their vocabulary and with no regard to anything other than a gang mentality of Us vs Them, Red vs Blue, which is how that whole Bloods and Crips thing works, too. They'll call each other names and thump their chests, and shoot down any ideas that don't belong to their homies. That'll show 'em.

In the end, it will mean nothing. Innocent people are dying and will continue to die without a health care solution while the two gangs fight a petty, pointless turf war.

Thomas Jefferson said that the Constitution should be rewritten once every generation. If we tried it now, it would take a year to agree on the title.

Ultimately, the blame for this falls on the public for putting these nimrods in office in the first place. We evidently want professional wrestling. After all, boxing is brutal and decisive.

It's not pretend, unlike the posturing at the summit today.

Posted by: wizard2 | February 25, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"He[obama] also maintains that he can do this without creating a mountain of federal debt or a bureaucracy that will determine when Americans can receive care.

Americans intuitively know these things cannot be true, and they have therefore responded to the promise of ObamaCare with tea parties and by voting for Republican candidates in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts."
((go for it obama & co: ram it down our throats and learn something you have failed to do so far.))

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | February 25, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

democrats have become the party of MISCALCULATIONS...

WMD's WMD's WMD's

Posted by: 1-20-09 | February 25, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

democrats have become the party of MISCALCULATIONS: here is what someone just posted here
"Let the G-one O-ff P-lanet stall and hold up on helping the Americans and the
GOP will GONE in NOvember! "
0-0-0-0 in other words they along with this poster along with the ones who didnt see scott brown coming STILL dont get it. i guess they think they are losing seats because we absolutely are in luv with obama and his plans?

well stay on track democrats and then you can also imagine that you are still in office come November 2010, 2012.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | February 25, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

democrats have become the party of MISCALCULATIONS: here is what someone just posted here
"Let the G-one O-ff P-lanet stall and hold up on helping the Americans and the
GOP will GONE in NOvember! "
0-0-0-0 in other words they this poster along with the ones who didnt see scott brown coming STILL dont get it. i guess they think they are losing seats because we absolutely are in luv with obama and his plans?

well stay on track democrats and then you can also imagine that you are still in office come November 2010, 2012.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | February 25, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Rep. A. Weiner:

"This notion of a lot of agreement overlooks the fact that there is stark disagreement on one thing - whether protecting the insurance industry should be a primary goal of our policy.

My GOP friends say yes. Democrats believe we need to put consumers first. "

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Coburn says there is 10% fraud in Medicare and Medicaid. It's worth noting that the bills have proposed anti-fraud initiatives that in part explain why Medicare would be reduced 10% or so.

That didn't stop the GOP and their scaremongers on Fox News from claiming we were stealing from seniors.

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse


The biggest lie in health care:

"Cost? Don't worry about it. We'll just tax the rich. Trust us."

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works for me.

Under Eisenhower (Republican) the top income tax bracket was 91%. It was a vigorous prosperous time, with confidence in our institutions, no superrich, and prosperity.

How is it in your interest to have a few families controlling almost all our wealth? It's not.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 25, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I think Michael Steele is jealous he wasn't invited to the Health Care Summit:
http://www.gotchamediablog.com/2010/02/michael-steele-mocks-dog-and-pony-show.html

Posted by: mjwilstein | February 25, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

5 things to watch for...

GOP stalling

GOP lying

GOP HAHAHAHAHA has a better idea HAHAHAHA

GOP Bonner HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

GOP Saying this Health care is not good for their personal profits and the corporations profit.

GOP America's new terrorists who are targeting Americans.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | February 25, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Why would anyone repeat something empty-headed palin said?

It's dumb when she says it and it desn
t get any less dumb when it's repeated.

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"The public is clearly opposed to the Democrats’ health care bills. Americans want to scrap these big-government plans and start over with common-sense, incremental reform." -Sarah Palin
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The Post's Twitter feed is censored.
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http://www.WasillaTeleprompter.com

Posted by: michaelniland | February 25, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The media will, of course, be scouring the entire summit to find soundbites that make Democrats look good and ones that make Republicans look bad.

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yeah like they'll really gave their work cut out for them to make Republicans look bad. That'll require deceptive editing and distortion.

I mean, what with all those great GOP proposals out there.

Markets markets markets markets markets.

Go back to sleep.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 25, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The novelty has officially worn off and tv sets across the nation are switching over to The price is right.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 25, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans are losing this battle because 70% of Americans want Health Care Reform, not the failing status quo that the GOP is pushing. Obama is doing everything he can to fix the numerous disasters and failures that the Republicans caused and the only way the GOP can 'win' is by making sure that American citizens lose. Pathetic and disgusting!

Posted by: rurik | February 25, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Looking at the heads of the democrats, pelosi, Reid and Biden, sitting in a row, it is not hard to come to the conclusion that they are not Americas best and brightest.

The Disney channel could cast better.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 25, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Are we watching the same "summit" ... Nancy and Harry are telling anecdotal stories (and invoking their womanizing murder's name -- oh Teddy -- in the process) while the "opposition" is offering facts ...?

It's a gaggle of goons with absolutely NO CLUE of what's broken or how to fix it!!!!

http://www.netherwood2010.com/posts/helping-out-the-prez-again-healthcare-reform

Posted by: raynetherwood | February 25, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Someone is certainly over the moon.

Posted by: JakeD3 | February 25, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Poor Barry. His first real day on the job. Even he must now realize how over his head he is.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 25, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Tell Barack: Save a buck, use the Wasilla teleprompter!

http://www.WasillaTeleprompter.com

Posted by: michaelniland | February 25, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Republicans agree to roll back all medical related prices by 25% from posted 1-20-09 levels in exchange for Tort Reform. From there price increases would be limited to 1% or the rate of inflation whichever is lower.

Posted by: Maddogg | February 25, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

God, the teleprompter AGAIN! Bush used a teleprompter, all elected congresspeople use a teleprompter, what is this INFANTILE fixation?

and here's another one, probably in the same lockdown...

"People Obama is the Anti-Christ that you have all read about."

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Good advice for the Senator from Plaid.

Posted by: JakeD3 | February 25, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

When caught in a lie, don't stop talking, change the subject.

Barry needs his teleprompters.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 25, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Lets face one of the most proven facts, that is Universal Nationalized Health Care is the only way to operate the heath care of a country in todays modern World. And that is why all European countries, Canada, Japan, Australia, Israel, in fact all developed nations and many developing nations too operate health care on one form or another of Universal Nationalized basis. This last statement alone should prove beyond any shadow of doubt as to what lunatics, really what enemy of American people, Republicans are to be against Universal Nationalized Health Care, given that all developed nations in the World have Universal Nationalized Health Care, given that the Conservative parties in UK, Germany, Canada, Israel, etc. all our 100% for their Universal Nationalized Health Care.

So Only Big pharma, Big insurance or lunatics (aka Republi-Cons)can be for current health care system in US.

Much more here:
http://anoox.com/blog/UHC.34590

Posted by: RealNews1 | February 25, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

My list of five things to watch for:

1. Republitards lying
2. " posturing
3. " making silly grimaces for the cameras
4. " tying themselves in knots when outmaneuvered by Obama
5. " , well being republitards

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | February 25, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I will tell you who you are dealing with. Spread the word people. The mark of the beast on your forehead is when you accept the Anti-Christ through blind faith. The mark of the beast on your hand is when you accept the Anti-Christ through gifts. People Obama is the Anti-Christ that you have all read about. You have been warned. The future is not set and can go in two very different directions. Get involved and help stop this massive take over.

Posted by: makom | February 25, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans are an embarassment to the nation. Such arrogance. No wonder the US was hated world over.

Following their logic we should withdraw from Afghanistan now and put the war to a vote of the people other than the November 2008 election.

The NC, NJ, and MA elections were confirmation on Obama's "war policies". And Republicans want withdraw.

Posted by: Maddogg | February 25, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Let the G-one O-ff P-lanet stall and hold up on helping the Americans and the
GOP will GONE in NOvember! NO Repuglicans after November.

The American public is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
to the GOP.
They use the public for wars and the repubs hide behind REAL MEN,
and they hide behind
corporations and steal from the American workers of this country. They DON'T pay for the wars just keep passing along the problem.
It's not time to pass along the GOP to the
UNEMPLOYMENT line.
Stop being a $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
for the GOP let these chicken sh!t people go home tell the people in their state that they are nothing but $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
to the GOP.

BYE BYE GOP you want WAR but not to pay for it!

You want, you want, you want. And now you will be gone. Bye Bye GOP

THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA! KEEP FIGHTING FOR US! AND THE USA! YOU HAVE DONE MORE US IN A YEAR THEN THE GOP HAS EVER DONE FOR AMERICA!

Posted by: 1-20-09 | February 25, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Let the G-one O-ff P-lanet stall and hold up on helping the Americans and the
GOP will GONE in NOvember! NO Repuglicans after November.

The American public is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
to the GOP.
They use the public for wars and the repubs hide behind REAL MEN,
and they hide behind
corporations and steal from the American workers of this country. They DON'T pay for the wars just keep passing along the problem.
It's not time to pass along the GOP to the
UNEMPLOYMENT line.
Stop being a $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
for the GOP let these chicken sh!t people go home tell the people in their state that they are nothing but $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
to the GOP.

BYE BYE GOP you want WAR but not to pay for it!

You want, you want, you want. And now you will be gone. Bye Bye GOP

THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA! KEEP FIGHTING FOR US! AND THE USA! YOU HAVE DONE MORE US IN A YEAR THEN THE GOP HAS EVER DONE FOR AMERICA!

Posted by: 1-20-09 | February 25, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Joe Biden is going to be able to keep that "concerned, thoughtful" look on his face much longer. It must be some effort.

Peloony looks (and thinks) like one of those lawn ornaments with the air pump that wildly waves it's arms. Worst speaker ever only has a few months left.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 25, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Storming the Bastille .. more and more you will see rightwing partisans sniping at Republican officials as the civil war begins...

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Listening to opening remarks it is apparent the Republican came armed to confront not compromise and seek solutions for American's. They are a failing party.

They also forgot that the November 2008 elections swept them out of power for their failure on the economy.

Posted by: Maddogg | February 25, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

now he not only sounds like a liar, but his demeanor is that of a liar.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | February 25, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

obama and biden claim because it is so much money there are losses with the stimulus money to the tune of $75 billion.

now we have a proposed health bill of $900+BILLION.

question: how much of this 900-plus billion will also go "unaccounted for because it is so much money to handle?"

and where are the trained journalists keeping up with the important things such as holding obama accountable for keeping books the way any small business ownere does?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | February 25, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

obama and biden claim because it is so much money there are losses with the stimulus money to the tune of $75 billion.

now we have a proposed health bill of $900+BILLION.

question: how much of this 900-plus billion will also go "unaccounted for because it is so much money to handle?"

and where are the trained journalists keeping up with the important things such as holding obama accountable for keeping books the way any small business ownere does?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | February 25, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Obama has no credibility.
His "personal approach" today is phony and he has no credibility.

Posted by: pjcafe | February 25, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Barry made a big mistake, a result of his arrogance. He is already having his head handed to him.

He should have known that puff and fluff could not stand up to repub facts.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 25, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

My thoughts on these two parties working together on this issue.

http://independantinvestigations.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/i-will-stop-this-car/

Posted by: Stevehodges | February 25, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

The movie "War Games' has been activated.
It is not thermo nuclear but economic, and ACORN is in the heart of this.

Posted by: RayOne | February 25, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Carl Rove:
"President Obama has a habit of making false statements, and getting away with them. At a Republican conference in Baltimore last month, for example, he denied that his budget nearly triples the national debt over 10 years. He got away with it because he didn't face follow-up questions or objections..."

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | February 25, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

But framing health care reform as 'reparations'? It's hard to even imagine how warped and twisted his mind is.

This is america today -- an evil demagogue can make millions pushing the hot buttons of hateful and ignorant people.

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Mr. O. is not at the podium to introduce a framework to transform America, he is part of the Framework To Transform America.
We don't want to admit that we are entering this play in the second act.
The DNC is being used, and they thought that had this under control.
The people pulling the strings are off-shore already. If a photo is useful look at 'third world wealth'.

Posted by: RayOne | February 25, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

You know what really, really makes me get mad? They talk about SS and Medicare being the biggest drain on our budget and the biggest deficit problem. WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! It's the damn spending on the military and other defense (oxymoron) spending. We spend more than the rest of the world on 'defense' against who? We keep allocating money for stuff that doesn't work or work right, stuff we don't need, stuff that has an inflated price. And we've outsourced and privatized the military. Why do we keep hearing these damn lies?

Posted by: luckytn | February 25, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

The gop has already laid out their script. They go in pretending to have something to ofer. They make crazy town unreasonable non-starter demands -- like "scrap a years work and start over" --- then they disagree with everything, and tomorrow they claim the proposal is-------wait for it ----- a socialist plot for a government takeover of health care that will require you to kill your grandmother.

They have already laid the groundwork for exaclt y that. It is the job of our President to make sure that their hypocrisy and lies are exposed, so that when the bill is passed through reconciliation with 56 votes in two-three weeks republicons will be exposed as liars and hypocrits who would rather watch you or your children die than do something constructive.

Posted by: John1263 | February 25, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse
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I hope the sob's are dumb enough to cram their Deficit Rendering Health Bill through. It will cause the Democrats to lose House, and Senate Majorities, for the next decade, or more. The Dems, most of them, anyway, are fully that 25 percent of Americans, or less, want this Economy crippling bill to pass. Many vulnerable Democrats are cringing at the thought that the bill "will pass."

Bring it on. I really don't believe that O'bama is dumb enough to press his luck further.

Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | February 25, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

But tuytriuwtuyigtrywrt has been persistent, maybe he is not really here to sell knocked off Chinese junk, maybe he really wants to handicap the epic battles between undereducated caps lock and space bar abusers with the liberals who enjoy making fun of them.

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Posted by: JakeD3 | February 25, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

SOoo ... If thousands of jobs are created without health care coverage and insufficient wages to buy HC there is still a HC issue.

Posted by: The-Historian | February 25, 2010 9:52 AM

Where are these thousands of jobs?

Posted by: doof | February 25, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

"Whether they admit it or not, Republicans were stung a bit by President Obama's command performance at their retreat in Baltimore last month."

They were more than a "bit" stung. Some aides admitted after the Q & A session that it had been a "mistake to let the cameras in". Indeed, the House Reps came across as what they are: a bunch of ill-informed, incoherent, babblers, with absolutely zero sensible solution to reform an ever expensive HC system.

There will be more of the same today. The GOPers will advocate the same old tired "free market" (the same "free" market that is responsible for exponentially increasing HC costs) arguments so that they can continue to cash in on health insurers' campaign money.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 25, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Like a fish flopping around on the deck, gasping for air, the democrats remain desperate to produce something, anything after their year long odyssey through failure after bumble.

This is simply PR to attempt a repair on the image of the pitiful liberals who couldn't muster support in their own majority.

Who to blame. Must be someone.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 25, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

You're right, margaret. I have never seen Mr. Cilizza refer to the Kaiser polling, and they are by far and away the most thorough, accurate and nuanced.

also, as you say, the least politicized, so that's probably why.

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

"...Limbaugh has never tried to hide his hatred of black and latino people."

And that is what makes him a real Republican.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 25, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The coming rightwing civil war:

"Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh is criticizing Fox News host Glenn Beck over Beck's criticisms of the Republican Party at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday.

At that event, Beck said he has "not heard the people in the Republican Party yet admit they have a problem" and said that he doesn't "know what they stand for."

The incident is the latest demonstration of Beck's unique position in the political landscape. A hero in the Tea Party movement, he's not shy about criticizing Republicans.

Beck even goes so far as to question the connection between the GOP and perhaps its most admired member, telling USA Weekend that "I don't think [Ronald] Reagan was a real Republican."

[LOL here]

Back to Limbaugh: The conservative flamethrower is once again angering liberals, this time for casting the health care reform effort as "a civil rights bill" that amounts to "reparations."

"The rich are going to stop getting all the good stuff, we're gonna take -- this is income redistribution, this is returning the nation's wealth to its quote-unquote rightful owners," he said yesterday in discussing the reform effort. "This is a civil rights bill. This is reparations, whatever you want to call it."

Nothing RACIST about that, hmm? But then Limbaugh has never tried to hide his hatred of black and latino people.

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Kaiser Family Foundation does the best polling on this issue. Their questions are well framed and their samples are larger and better balanced and identified. This does mean their data isn't so easy to cherry pick and headline.

I don't understand why Cillizza doesn't use Kaiser data instead of Rasmussen -- except that Rasmussen is about politics and Kaiser is about policy.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 25, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: doof | February 25, 2010 9:08 AM
"Unemployment claims rose again this week and Obama is having a health care summit?? I thought he said he would focus on jobs."

It's called multi-tasking, republicans do not seem able to do more than one thing at a time.
SOoo ... If thousands of jobs are created without health care coverage and insufficient wages to buy HC there is still a HC issue.

Posted by: The-Historian | February 25, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

"But, like pro wrestling, just because the events are pre-scripted doesn't mean they are devoid of real drama."

Sorry, I just can not agree with this.
Pro wrestling is devoid of real drama and it is not just because it is "pre-scripted" (what, as opposed to post-scripted?).

Kabuki is a better analogy. Everyone knows what is going to be said, who is going to say it and what they are trying to do. It is all about style, subtlety, the quality of the act, nuance. It is the little things that matter.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 25, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

"Republicans will portray themselves as standing against a piece of legislation that the American people don't want."
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You, and anyone else who considers themselves a legitimate reporter, should also portray them as such.
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"The public is clearly opposed to the Democrats’ health care bills. Americans want to scrap these big-government plans and start over with common-sense, incremental reform." -Sarah Palin
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http://www.WasillaTeleprompter.com

Posted by: michaelniland | February 25, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Would we put Barack in a room with a small "bi-partisan" group and have them design a lunar lander??? Why then would this group of know-nothings even conceivably have a grasp of healthcare??

It isn't the ultimate starting point, but at least something like the following passes the sniff test.

http://www.netherwood2010.com/posts/helping-out-the-prez-again-healthcare-reform

Ray Netherwood
Cand for US HR, FL Dist 2

Posted by: raynetherwood | February 25, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I see Drudge linked to this early this morning.

Good analysis of the politics, CC, but you really should have used a selection of polls rather than cherry-picking them, and relied more on in-depth ones like the recent CBS poll, rather than the ones like Rasmussen which feature loaded and slanted questions.

When you analyze across the broad spectrum of polling, you can conclude that overall, WHEN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT THE PLAN IS REALLY ABOUT -- and not just some insurance company propaganda they heard on FOX -- they DO support the Democratic reform.

As you look at the level of childish ignorance among most of the anti-reform posters, it's clear that they listeners to hate radio.

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan said "Never pass major legislation that affects most Americans without real bipartisan support. It opens the door to all kinds of political trouble."

Posted by: doof | February 25, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

What I want to know is whether tuytriuwtuyigtrywrt is a "political junkie"?
I am pretty sure nikejordans1 is not.

But tuytriuwtuyigtrywrt has been persistent, maybe he is not really here to sell knocked off Chinese junk, maybe he really wants to handicap the epic battles between undereducated caps lock and space bar abusers with the liberals who enjoy making fun of them.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 25, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

This is a clarification of my earlier post. Apparently, NPR will have an available digital feed at 6P CST of one hour of selected discussion, with commentary. It will not rebroadcast the entire event. I have reluctantly set my DVR to record the discussion on CNN.

I keep my 'puter tuned to XM at work and will have the opportunity to listen to it - but I have too much actual work to do to pay more than occasional attention to it.

My own probable experience leads me to think the perception of the event will be shaped by the reporting of it - thus FOX viewers and MSNBC viewers will be reinforced in their current opinions, and no medium, not even the most careful, will report this in a way that will allow one to develop his/her own, unfiltered, "feel" for the substance.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 25, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Since reconciliation became a rule in 1974, it has been used 22 times. Of the 22 times, 16 happened when the republicans had control of the Senate. It was used to pass Bush's tax cuts. It was used in the Reagan era as well to get through his tax cuts and then when the deficit exploded under Ronald Reagan in the next year, reconciliation was used to pass the spending cuts to offset the deficit he had created, UNDER RECONCILIATION in his first year in office. Finally, to quote Judd Gregg, republican senator from New Hampshire in 2005 when he was trying to use reconciliation to pass a bill to drill in the Arctic Wild Life Refuge, "Is there something wrong with Majority Rules?".

So there is some history on reconciliation and some facts. Take them, use them, rail against them, they can't really be altered, they are what they are.

When I was young, congress did virtually everything by majority vote. In my opinion, that is how it ought to be. The filibuster should be used very, very, very sparingly.

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Posted by: nikejordans1 | February 25, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

doof, I'm going to assume that since you read the WaPo that you're a smart person, and realize that the President is waiting to sign a jobs bill. I understand your grievances about the high unemployment rate, but the President is not a dictator. He cannot write legislation, and sign it. It has to pass through Congress first.

Posted by: mocoresider09 | February 25, 2010 9:17 AM

He wrote his own health care bill. Why doesn't he write a real jobs bill? The jobs bill he is waiting to sign will do nothing.

Posted by: doof | February 25, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

It's all political smoke and mirrors. Nothing worthwhile will result from today!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | February 25, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse


FIRST, DO NO HARM, MR. PRESIDENT.

President Obama fails to realize that as long as the federal government is compromising the health of Americans by putting a cell tower- based microwave/laser weapon system in EVERY neighborhood in America -- and using it to silently attack and impair thousands of unjustly "targeted" citizens -- Americans cannot trust their government when it comes to protecting their health and well being.

CELL TOWER MICROWAVE WEAPON SYSTEM ATTACKS, IMPAIRS 'TARGETED' AMERICANS, SAYS VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Why so many cell towers saturate the American landscape -- urban and rural.

• Weapon system patents reveal silent, powerful attack system in YOUR backyard.

American human rights atrocities under the cover of national security.

WHY ARE THE POLITICIANS SO NAIVE, SO BLIND TO EVIL?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
OR: poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 (see articles list)

NOW IT'S OBAMA'S GESTAPO USA. WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA ACT?

• Reporter exposing gov't cell tower microwave torture held hostage to community stalking, police-protected, GPS-equipped goon squads that burglarize, vandalize and terrorize -- officially-enabled lawlessness that afflicts many thousands of other unconstitutionally targeted and persecuted Americans.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 25, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

doof, I'm going to assume that since you read the WaPo that you're a smart person, and realize that the President is waiting to sign a jobs bill. I understand your grievances about the high unemployment rate, but the President is not a dictator. He cannot write legislation, and sign it. It has to pass through Congress first.

Posted by: mocoresider09 | February 25, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Unemployment claims rose again this week and Obama is having a health care summit?? I thought he said he would focus on jobs.

Posted by: doof | February 25, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

If we are so concern about cost and a tax increase that is suppose to be coming with this health care bill, HOW COME? WE START CRYING TO CONGRESS WHEN THE INSURANCE COMPANY RAISE THEIR RATES; CAR, LIFE, HEALTH, DENTAL OR HOME.

Posted by: dudna | February 25, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Technically, CC paraphrased Radiohead, he did not quote them. The actual quote is "no alarms, and no surprises, please."

That said, whatever your analogy is, it's another in a long line of stagecraft that passes for serious policy discussion. Welcome to America, 2010.

Posted by: terrapin31590us | February 25, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

"The public is clearly opposed to the Democrats’ health care bills. Americans want to scrap these big-government plans and start over with common-sense, incremental reform." -Sarah Palin

1. Monopartisanship
2. More of the same
3. Grand-standing
4. Media circus
5. Nothing to get done.

http://www.WasillaTeleprompter.com

Posted by: michaelniland | February 25, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse


The biggest lie in health care:

"Cost? Don't worry about it. We'll just tax the rich. Trust us."

Posted by: postfan1 | February 25, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse


They call this a summit, but the only thing "peaking" will be our tax bills, in a few years when they actually decide who's paying for all of this this.

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Posted by: tuytriuwtuyigtrywrt | February 25, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Most likely after three hours in........the GOP'ers will walk down to "C" Street and "stretch their coffeee break"!

Posted by: ohwell1 | February 25, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

This summit is a complete waste of time. All it seeks to do is provide a justification for reconciliation.

Posted by: moebius22 | February 25, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

You indicated most Americans don't want this healthcare bill - who are you referring to because I have never been asked. Everytime there is a so-called "poll" I am never contacted. What most Americans are you referring to?
Because I feel I am part of the "most" Americans!

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I'm sure there is a pill or some sort of therapy for your delusions.

Posted by: UncomfortableTruths | February 25, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

The media will, of course, be scouring the entire summit to find soundbites that make Democrats look good and ones that make Republicans look bad. These are the quotes people will see on the news and in the papers.

Posted by: sam38 | February 25, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Wow...... Even though the Democrats and their close liberal/progressive pals in our MSM wolfpack press have been attacking "insurance companies" for months now claiming their boggyman the American people still haven't taken the propaganda bait:

"Wednesday, February 24, 2010

President Obama and congressional Democrats are citing a jump in rates by a California health insurer as grounds for getting their national health care plan back on track, but voters are still more fearful of the federal government than private insurance companies when it comes to health care decisions.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% fear the federal government most when it comes to such decisions. Thirty-nine percent (39%) fear private insurance companies more."

.......Yep this anti-insurance company propaganda campaign isn't working, wow!

That fact is maybe the "providers" are over charging for their services. Has anyone ever thought about that?

Not to mention that the Democrats biggest donor are vampire trial lawyers that continue to sue the hell out of health care providers.

Vampire trial lawyers like John$400 Edwards who is worth about $40 million with about $35 million of that coming from lawsuit awards. That's how John$400 can afford a 28,0000 sq. ft. manision in NC....

Our corrupt MSM wolfpack press continues to lie and mislead the American people in their attempt to prop up their pals the Democrats and all their liberal/progressive causes.......sad.

......Today's show at the WH will be covered by this same corrupt press who will surely report that Obama looked good and the GOP are just a party of no.......

Stay tuned for a lot of post-meeting propaganda.....

Posted by: allenridge | February 25, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

I just wonder how it can be seen as a debate when President Obama is the "moderator." His goal is a complete takeover of health insurance decisions, rules, regulations, and prices, by the federal government and he calls Republicans the party of no because they don't think that is the best way to improve health care and lower costs.

Posted by: sam38 | February 25, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 25, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

You indicated most Americans don't want this healthcare bill - who are you referring to because I have never been asked. Everytime there is a so-called "poll" I am never contacted. What most Americans are you referring to?
Because I feel I am part of the "most" Americans!

Posted by: vnelsonus | February 25, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Chris: When you type the word "summit," do you in fact intend to denote "meeting?" The term "summit" was coined to describe meetings at the highest level of influence and power. The media event you are pretending to rise above today is simply a pep rally comprising the same old ineffectual players. The way in which you misuse language deprives your writing of meaning. Or maybe that is your intention.

Posted by: jaytingle | February 25, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

You indicated most Americans don't want this healthcare bill - who are you referring to because I have never been asked. Everytime there is a so-called "poll" I am never contacted. What most Americans are you referring to?
Because I feel I am part of the "most" Americans!

Posted by: vnelsonus | February 25, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Why the Nuclear Option--Reconciliation of ObamaCare
will FAIL

In the Senate–one word–POWER.

A Filibuster gives each Senator a splendid aurora of power. Power is more addictive than crack in DC. Besides, there are just about 100 Senators who KNOW they are much smarter than Obama.

In the House its self preservation. Mark Twain said (paraphrased and with politically correct gender upgrades) “You may depend upon it, when a woman knows she is to be hung in 2 weeks it concentrates her mind wonderfully”.

Every member of Congress shares ONE trait. They are ALL winners. Everyone one of them ran for election and DEFEATED an opponent. And they KNOW Defeat when they see it.

ObamaCare—Dead--and rigor mortis has set in....

Posted by: ProCounsel | February 25, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Star Wars Bar Scene “Summit”

Michael Jordan purportedly told his teammates who strayed into criminal problems “My Mother always said Nothing Good ever Happened in a Bar.”

Sage advice. Republicans should avoid the obamacare summit entirely. Going tacitly accepts the premise obamacare should be saved. And Obama has already trashed the Supreme Court in the State of the Union speech and lied, so what do you expect at this “summit”? The only way to be guaranteed a “win” at a bar fight is NOT to go.

But if Republicans feel obligated to attend the “summit” some thoughts on how to survive the bar fight.

1. It’s the soundbites, stupid. The average tv soundbite is 3-5 seconds–not coincidentally the length of an NFL play. Narrowly focused attacks with yes or no responses–like an attorney’s cross exam.

Get your soundbites to destroy obamacare and get out.

2. Abortion, abortion, abortion. Mr. President will you promise that not one dime will be spent on abortion? Who cares what his nonresponse response is?? He has just alienated 50% of America.

3. Show and Tell–take visual props–carry them. Be sure they are not electronic depenedent. Take the telephone book length senate and house bills. Hold them in the air. Take letters from your voters and read them and ask Obama to respond. Ask Obama about the actual senate and house version. He will not know then educate him—tear a page out and read it.

Obama will NOT even know the details of his own proposal. Have it on posterboard for tv. Obama’s proposal HAD to be short as it is limited to teleprompter length.

4. Obama fouled up by agreeing to 6 hours as he will run out of empty platitudes and have to recycle them. Have stafff make real time dvds of all repeats and immediately disburse them after the summit. Have staff watch all his previous mindless town halls and
conferences for the last 6 months and compile a list of his top 10 jingo comments. Then prepare slapdown comments. Obama is NOT quick on his feet.

5. The “summit is Primary Colors–NOT detailed policy. Costs too much, increases unemployment, destroys small businesses, govt takeover, mandatory abortion coverage, socialism.

6. Designated batter–select a couple of young quick members to respond to Obama–a baseball designated hitter if you will. Your leadership should NOT be the offensive coordinator–learn from the NFL where the owner stays in the booth. If these young members foul up they are disposable and plausibly deniable–but you may be stunned and pleasantly surprised at the depth of your bench. Turn a boring 6 hour talking heads into Star Search.

7. Relax. The ratings for the 6 hours will be south of the test pattern for all America outside the beltway.

Posted by: ProCounsel | February 25, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

CHECK OUT THE HYPOCRITCAL OBAMA AND HIS DEMOCRAT COHORTS REGARDING THE NUCLEAR OPTION OF 51. WHAT LIARS.

http://www.breitbart.tv/obama-dems-in-2005-51-vote-nuclear-option-is-arrogant-power-grab-against-the-founders-intent/

Posted by: twotimetuna | February 25, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse


Since both parties know what the positions of their opponents are, it's really not too difficult to have a few cleaver witticisms lined up.

Reagan's "Youth and inexperience of my opponent" comment, while planned, was well played by Reagan as an entertaining way to refute the expected attacks by his opponent.

It's obvious that scripts are planned for these discussions, but there is room for an occasional impromptu remark.

Posted by: postfan1 | February 25, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Chris: If you truly believe Reagan's "youth & inexperience" line during the second Mondale debate was "unscripted," you don't know as much about politics as I thought! Based on what everyone had been saying about Reagan's doddering performance in the first debate, his handlers knew age would be an issue in the second. That line was probably the first item worked on during his debate prep.

Posted by: mkramer1 | February 25, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

I suspect the only people watching will be the pro wrestling crowd and the left wing loonies. Woops. Is there a difference?

Posted by: jdonner2 | February 25, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Republicans stand your ground...
the dems want to shove their agenda down your throats...
I say it's time to hold firm and say "no" to obama and the dems...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 25, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

I never thought that Armegeddon would take place within Congress. Good versus the GOP terrorists.

Posted by: DCGuyme | February 25, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

The gop has already laid out their script. They go in pretending to have something to ofer. They make crazy town unreasonable non-starter demands -- like "scrap a years work and start over" --- then they disagree with everything, and tomorrow they claim the proposal is-------wait for it ----- a socialist plot for a government takeover of health care that will require you to kill your grandmother.

They have already laid the groundwork for exaclt y that. It is the job of our President to make sure that their hypocrisy and lies are exposed, so that when the bill is passed through reconciliation with 56 votes in two-three weeks republicons will be exposed as liars and hypocrits who would rather watch you or your children die than do something constructive.

Posted by: John1263 | February 25, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans should come in to the meeting carrying their birth certificates and ask Obama, "Where's yours?"

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | February 25, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

The definition of "Dog and Pony Show":

The healthcare summit

Posted by: analgesic33 | February 25, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Nice going, Chris. You've stood by doing nothing while a an unemployed loser with the brains of a flea destroys your blog. How do you justify this? Your fixation on "name calling" and "ad hominem
personal attacks" as the only insult requiring intervention?

One 75 IQ loser and one blood-spittle mental patient.

Way to go. Now nobody bothers to
post.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 25, 2010 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Video of Obama, Hillary, Schumer and Biden all making statements IN SUPPORT of KEEPING THE FILIBUSTER.


This video is absolutely hilarious - they call it a naked power grab.

http://www.breitbart.tv/obama-dems-in-2005-51-vote-nuclear-option-is-arrogant-power-grab-against-the-founders-intent/

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 25, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

How many people in this country realize that this is Obama's round ONE of tax increases - his plan is to jam through this health care program - and have some future Congress deal with the actual costs of the program.


You are being lied to.


We are talking about the ENRON OF ALL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS.


First, we have 10 years of taxes up against 7 years of benefits - once that is together we have $ 2.5 trillion DEFICIT.


Pluse we have $500 Billion being transferred from Medicare.


How is this going to be paid for?


And don't say just because money was spent in Iraq - we have to spend EVEN MORE now.


That is not sound logic, or sound fiscal policy.

You are being lied to 3 trillion times over.


NOW THAT IS A LIAR.

ACCOUNTING TRICKS


ACCOUNTING TRICKS


ACCOUNTING TRICKS


HASN'T ANYONE LEARNED FROM THE PREVIOUS SCANDALS - OBAMA'S ACCOUNTING TRICKS ARE A SCANDAL.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 25, 2010 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Chris


You forgot


What to Watch for : PRICE TAG.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 25, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

I believe the audio will be rebroadcast on NPR in the evening, for those of us who actually work days.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 25, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

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