It appears there is room under the Obama Bus for the Democrats in the entire Congress and Senate.
And the funniest thing about this?
THEY ACT SURPRISED!!!
President Barack Obama has left Democrats as confused as ever over how the White House plans to deliver a health care reform bill this year, following two weeks of inconsistent statements, negligible hands-on involvement and a sudden shift to a jobs-first message.
Democrats on Capitol Hill and beyond say they have no clear understanding of the White House strategy – or even whether there is one – and are growing impatient with Obama’s reluctance to guide them toward a legislative solution.
At a White House meeting Thursday with Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed frustration with the slow pace of the negotiations and the president’s decision not to weigh in publicly on a path forward, according to a Democratic source familiar with the meeting.
Heh...So Emmanuel, Axelrod and the Golden Child lead Congressional Democrats to the edge of a crumbling rock shelf and promptly stepped off...and the geniuses in the Congress are standing around while the ground continues to disappear beneath there feet looking back at the messiah praying for a strategy?
I hate to be the bearer of bad news kids, (or do I?)...There ain't a grand strategy...It looks like the Chicago mob has decided it's every Democrat for himself!
No, maybe he can't. President Barack Obama, who insisted he would succeed where other presidents had failed to fix the nation's health care system, now concedes the effort may die in Congress.
"I think it's very important for us to have a methodical, open process over the next several weeks, and then let's go ahead and make a decision," Obama said at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.
...Obama described the “next step” as sitting down with Republicans, Democrats and health care experts. “Let's just go through these bills — their ideas, our ideas — let's walk through them in a methodical way so that the American people can see and compare what makes the most sense,” Obama said, describing a process that could take weeks, if not longer.
He first floated the idea during his State of the Union speech almost three weeks ago, but top congressional aides in both parties said Friday that they still have no idea what the president was talking about.
Even the White House struggled to explain what Obama had in mind. On Friday, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said there was no meeting on the schedule.
And then the final twist of the dagger:
"And it may be that ... if Congress decides we're not going to do it, even after all the facts are laid out, all the options are clear, then the American people can make a judgment as to whether this Congress has done the right thing for them or not," the president said. "And that's how democracy works. There will be elections coming up, and they'll be able to make a determination and register their concerns."
That says "you're on your own and if this doesn't pass it's not my fault" about as well as anything I can imagine:
It appears a giant hand has descended on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and has inscribed on it's grand walls:
....MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
This [is] the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
What is about to befall Democrats in this Congress is no less stunning than what befell that Babylonian kingdom of old. They've had their party, they've debauched themselves and the fury of and unseen enemy, (TEA Partiers), is about to overwhelm them!
The Golden Child has seen this handwriting...and has headed for the hills. Harry, Nancy and their acolytes look to him in search of a way forward in vain...The way off of the precipice upon which he has led them is fraught with danger and DOOM!
Hope and Change has "moved on to "job creation" and it's totally up to Congressional Democrats to find their way back and THEY will take the blame he has just washed his hands of.
I guess they could always pray that "The One" will be merciful and back the bus over them a couple times to lessen the suffering!
so Harry?...So Nancy?...How's that Hope and Change working out for ya?
I will throw in a note of caution
Obama did add the following comments:
The next step is what I announced at the State of the Union, which is to call on our Republican friends to present their ideas. What I'd like to do is have a meeting whereby I'm sitting with the Republicans, sitting with the Democrats, sitting with health care experts, and let's just go through these bills...
All of the above is predicated on Republicans remaining united and on the reservation on thsi; As is always the case...we have to check our six and make sure the Maine Twins, Grassley, Voinovich, or some other untrustworthy Republicans aren't about to sink a shiv in our backs....
Having said that...that doesn't appear to be in the cards at the moment because to date...by all reports, the White House has made no motion whatsoever of meeting with Republicans in leadership to discuss this "bipartisan" effort.
Here's to praying the Democrat's go it alone strategy has sufficiently poisoned the bipartisan well sufficiently that we won't have to worry about Republican defections...and we can consign Obamacare to a much deserved and long overdue grave!