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Joe Klein: open mouth and insert foot

Posted in Main Street Media with tags , on February 26, 2010 by MTR

I always thought it was a requirement for journalists to actually witness a situation before commenting on them. Apparently not so in the case of the reknowned Joe Klein of TIME. He figured he’d read snippets here and there and still expect to come up with the proper conclusion.

Joe Klein admits in his piece, “The Health Care Summit” (wow, wasn’t that an exciting headline!) that he never even saw the Summit at the Blair House where Obama hosted a discussion between the Democrats and Republicans.

Klein concluded that all sides, including Obama talked alot. Wonderful! But then Klein mysteriously developed some amazing skill of “reading between the lines,” which has nothing to do with facts but helps him embellish on his very apparent bias.

First of all, Joe Klein stated that the Republicans had nothing very interesting to say. Hmm. Joe Klein should actually have taken the time to watch the Summit. He missed the part where Ryan took Obama to task. In fact, Rep. Paul Ryan was the main event. Everyone else saw it. Guess they forgot to send Klein the memo.

Klein must have missed when Wolf Blitzer said, ““It looks like the Republicans certainly showed up ready to play.” (CNN’s “Live,” 2/25/10)

And then there was Gloria Borgers’s remark, ““The Republicans have been very effective today. They really did come to play. They were very smart.” (CNN’s “Live,” 2/25/10)

But David Gergen’s remark was the best, ““The folks in the White House just must be kicking themselves right now. They thought that coming out of Baltimore when the President went in and was mesmerizing and commanding in front of the House Republicans that he could do that again here today. That would revive health care and would change the public opinion about their health care bill and they can go on to victory. Just the opposite has happened.” (CNN’s “Live,” 2/25/10)

But as I said, Joe Klein was too busy to actually watch the dog and pony show. That’s right. He was “elsewhere,” I forgot.

Somehow Klein concludes that if the Republicans were actually serious about reform, they would have gotten concessions from Obama. So because Obama had his own mind up (don’t forget, he wrote his own bill and placed it on line on the White House site), that it’s the fault of the Republicans that Obama wouldn’t give concessions?

Up to this point the Republicans haven’t even been allowed in the debate process. Obama figured since he gave the Republicans a good tongue lashing at the Republican retreat, that this was another chance to get in some good digs. Oh and he did! He got to remind everyone twice that he was president and inform Senator McCain to stop campaigning. See all the fun Joe Klein missed?

Instead, Klein got his tidbit of news and then made his own conclusions by reading tea leaves. Oh wait, that was  “reading between the lines” wasn’t it? And they pay him the big bucks for this crap he calls journalism? No wonder liberal journalism isn’t being read by the educated public anymore.

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The back door of the Summit

Posted in Barack Obama, Congress, Health Care with tags , on February 25, 2010 by MTR

As I write, the Summit debate is in the background and yes, it’s boring already. And I’m sure the participants are bored as well.

The purpose of the Summit? Supposedly to change the atmosphere of the debate. But change in what direction? Obviously the change desired by the Democrats is that the Republicans would crawl over to their side whining mea culpas all the way to the confessional. And the Republicans? That the Democrats would back off the government control of the American health care system that their bill embraces.

But at 4 pm what epiphany shall be reached? None.

Even before 10 am, the Democrats had already decided that Monday would be the “Big Push” day to begin to ramroding the Senate bill through Congress. The Democrats will take Obama’s 11 page bill and start disecting it with hopes that the “smaller” bill can be shoved through without having to worry about the Republicans filibustering it.

But the long and short of this is that Obama, nor the Democrats, expect anything more than political posturing from this meeting. No one honestly expects this to end up in a lovefest. It’s just a moment where Democrats can show that they actually sat down with Republicans and tried to hash out a bill. But the result will be a few compromises on both sides but none being enough to bring about the change of votes on the final count.

Obama and the Democrats are addressing their concerns to the wrong people. The only thing that is holding up the Democratic health plan are the Democrats themselves. The Republicans are already united in not voting for the bills before them.  It’s the Democrats who still can’t get their own totally on board. And as of this writing, there are about 10-12 Democrat House members who won’t be voting for the Senate bill, nor on Obama’s version.

So this Summit is an exercise of futility and all the work to pass the Democratic plan is going on at the back door of the Summit.