Despite the delusional rantings of his fawning apologists, who apparently have limitless capacity for envisioning him as anything but the hardcore liberal he is, Obama broke no new ground last week. The speech was full of the same vulgar and pervasive dishonesty that has characterized essentially everything he’s ever said on the topic of health care reform.
Wasn’t this supposed to “reset” the debate or something? Yet from lawyerly parsings about whether you’ll be “required” to change to the government plan to a laughably absurd declaration of budget neutrality, it was all there, still rotting and stinking from the summer. That it may be tacky to yell it out during a speech doesn’t mean it’s not true.
(On that note, the reaction to Wilson’s outburst is yet another case of Remarkably Selective Outrage (RSO). Pay attention, ladies and gentlemen; these Democrats are putting on a clinic in it.)
Anyway, that this is Obama’s stance after an August of protest indicates that he’s about to go hammer down on it. As Saintseester notes, he’s never needed the Republicans, and I fear the naked offensive, without them, is coming. The 2010 electoral casualties will be viewed as necessary damage in getting as much of this destructive agenda passed as possible.
Stay vigilant, folks. Make sure your representatives know that you’re holding them accountable. Depending on their leanings, they may be torn between your vote and Render Unto Barack. Remind them that our esteemed president is term limited, while they are not.