"When and how did we become so ridiculous?" - Kathleen Parker
"By foolishly trying to reduce all objections to healthcare reform to the malevolence of obstructionist Republicans, Democrats have managed to destroy the national coalition that elected Obama and that is unlikely to be repaired" - Camille Paglia
"I think that there is a place for the president of the United States to talk to schoolchildren and encourage schoolchildren... And I think those have been changed. And I think it's also really important for everyone to respect the president of the United States." - Laura Bush
"I couldn't agree more." - Sarah Palin
but if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines...
Tonight Barack Obama will address both House and Senate of Congress, and so much is being written about it, trying to predict what he must do and whether he will fall short or not. Because he is such a great orator, the GOP response will be given by someone who cannot ruin his chances at furthering his career like Bobby Jindal did, when comparisons are made. MSNBC has a good analysis, that the speech has to sway three audiences. First, for us average Americans, he: "hopes to explain that his health-care reform will 1) cover nearly everyone and 2) cut costs in the long run. If that message isn’t hammered home, then the White House will consider tonight’s speech a failure."
Second, are the progressives who insist on a public option: "...he never uttered the words "public option" or "public plan" in his big campaign speeches on health care. But there is no doubt that the public option has fired up the left, and how he sells them near-universal coverage and lower costs -- even if it means no public plan -- could very well be the trickiest part of tonight's speech."
Third, is to that lone, fair-minded Republican, Maine's Senator Olympia Snowe. No pressure, pop up some popcorn and enjoy...
In the past Obama has been pretty general in his desires, and he will have to be more specific in what he wants from Congress, instead of expecting Congress to come up with the details. "In his interview with ABC this morning, Obama admitted to one thing that many inside the White House have whispered on background but ever never said on the record: that he left too much ambiguity, and that was because they left the details to Congress. It may be a "Captain Obvious" observation, but coming directly from the president is telling. That does sound like a president whose intent is grab hold of the health-care debate and own the legislation." I know that I'll be switching between the speech and the Rockies baseball game, if it's on. I hope they both knock one out of the park...
use all gently, for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance...
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