Since I’ve been quite critical of the President in the past few weeks, credit where credit is due: this is change we can believe in:
Congressional aides say they think Obama’s team wanted to steer clear of any fallout if the negotiations collapsed and health care died.
Aides said Obama seemed to be showing willpower to go about health care the hard way and giving specific direction to Congress instead of sticking to the broad principles he’d been outlining for nearly a year.
This appears to be a pattern: Rahm screws things up and pushes Obama to fecklessness, but at the end of the day, Obama remembers why people voted for him — and what he believes in himself. It was Obama, over the objections of his advisors who decided to push for this in the first place.
And of course it helps that given a sliver of a chance, the Republicans overplayed their hand and made it abundantly clear how obstructionist they are.
We’ll see. I’m still very worried over whether Nancy Pelosi can get the votes for this thing if Stupak and his minions defect over abortion language. But she has shown herself to be a good vote-counter, and if the White House is pushing this hard, it’s not expecting to lose. I hope so. So do 30 million people without health insurance, or anyone who has been denied care over pre-existing conditions.