After insisting for a year that failure was not an option, President Barack Obama is now acknowledging his health care overhaul may die in Congress.As long as Obama was leading the country to the glorious progressive future, it seemed that such faults were not worth reporting on. Now that his agenda has stalled, the AP is discovering that the former Messiah might have human failings. They noticed that he called, on the one hand, for a continued focus on health care:
His remarks at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday night sounded contradictory at times, ....
"Here's the key, is to not let the moment slip away," Obama also said.Yet, on the other hand, at the same fundraiser, he appeared to accept the failure of Obamacare:
"And it may be that ... if Congress decides we're not going to do it, even after all the facts are laid out, all the options are clear, then the American people can make a judgment as to whether this Congress has done the right thing for them or not," the president said. "And that's how democracy works. There will be elections coming up and they'll be able to make a determination and register their concerns one way or the other during election time."The AP reports that these inconsistencies are leaving Congressional Democrats leaderless and twisting in the wind:
Lawmakers are looking to Obama for a path forward, but he has not publicly offered specifics. His signals have been mixed. ....What the AP does not report is that the inconsistency may itself be a strategy: Democrats need to make their activist base think they are pressing ahead with Obamacare at the same time that they need to reassure moderates that they will do no such thing.
Rank-and-file Democrats are eager for them to settle on [a path ahead for health care] by the end of next week, after which lawmakers will return to their states and districts for a weeklong recess where they'll likely face questions from voters on the issue.
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