August 19th, 2009

Apollo 4 on column of fire

Annals of fantastical listening

The White House says they would like a bipartisan bill (knowing full well, of course, that there won’t be one) and the major and minor press alike (even Josh Marshall!) don't understand the simple English.

Here is TPM's report:

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says the administration is "absolutely not" giving up on efforts to come up with a bipartisan health care reform bill.

Gibbs took questions this morning about chief of staff Rahm Emanuel's comments that Republicans are bent on defeating reform efforts.

"Our goal is to get this done in a bipartisan way," Gibbs said. "There are several more weeks to go in potential negotiations between Republicans and Democrats. I don't know why we would short circuit any of that now."

He added that President Obama would do whatever it takes to get a bipartisan bill.

"He would get in a rocket and fly to the moon if that's what it would take to get everyone together," he said.

What part of the word ‘potential’ does Josh not understand? What part of the word ‘if’ does he find confusing? If I finish a sentence with ‘if there are icicles in hell and pigs can fly’, does this not change the meaning of what I said before that? Holy cow, what Gibbs is quoted as saying is practically confirmation of what Rahm Emanuel supposedly said.

Apollo 4 on column of fire

Harry Reid sketches the possibilities

Give Baucus et al., and maybe a few Republicans, a bill they can vote for, and put the other stuff through reconciliation:

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2009/08/bypass_surgery.php

This healthcare bill was, from the start, an exercise in intra-party negotiation – something the media seem to have forgotten about. This is one possible intra-party compromise.

Nobody gives a darn what the Republicans think. Even Max Baucus ‘reaches out’ to them simply because his goals are aligned with some of theirs, so long as you neglect that, for the Republicans, obstruction supersedes these goals.