Mark it down. President Obama's "make or break" speech, as the media is portraying it, will be widely viewed as a success among the chattering class. It will be groundbreaking, visionary, full of clarity, and a "game changer," as CNN has already labeled it.
But sit tight, that's just for a while. Patrick Rufini had it right on Twitter last night.
Tmrw's speech will be widely praised for resetting the debate on #hcr. And then everything will go back to exactly how it was within 96 hrs
Exactly. What Patrick realizes, that the MSM does not, is that short term gain is all the president's speech is intended to do. If the speech was to be anything like what the media is previewing, the White House would not be making it known that Obama does not plan to offer any real specifics, and plans to be "non-committal" on the central question of the whole debate, the so-called "public option."
No, the speech is nothing more than an "operational pause," to borrow a military term of art. The aftermath is meant to be the calm before the storm. Next week, the real advance begins.
So as you read the headlines tomorrow, and watch the tingling commentators tonight, remember that it's all just part of the plan. And steel yourself for the coming fight.