cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The President’s efforts to revive the health care reform debate are looking more and more like pure politics. In other words, his push looks like it is “all show and no go”.
The Democrats are lukewarm, at best, over the prospects of getting knocked around again over the grab for health care reform even closer to the fall elections. The President seems to be poised to try to make this a ‘show trial’ that will give the Democrat party something to use with which it can paint their Republican opponents.
The liberals in the House, especially, seem not to want to engage again when their preferences have been side-tracked by the President’s ‘wishy-washy’ approach this time around. He obviously thinks the Senate version is the better of the two approaches since he piggy-backed “his plan” on that bill. The thirst for another cuffing isn’t popular in the Senate either after the Scott Brown election success.
Obama can plainly see that his popularity suffered a huge blow and the two things that caused it are health care and the economy. He says he’d settle for being a one-term president, but that is not the real feeling in his heart of hearts.
This ‘Thursday Massacre’ is aimed at the Republican Party and it looks as though that party may be walking into the trap. The ‘show’ is controlled entirely by the President; it is on his turf; it is moderated by him; and he’ll try to use his “oratorical gift” to carry the day.
He may have succeeded in putting Republicans in a box of his making. We’ll have to wait and see how this plays.
The curtain rises on Act Two on Thursday.