Posted by: Madman in the Marketplace | January 30, 2010

Bow and Scrape

Magic Lantern Slide of a dog jumping through a hoop.

It’s always great fun to watch Barry suck up to the clownish Republican bullies, and watch the court jesters in the media babble about whether he’s moved to the center enough, who’s in the center, ain’t the center just wonderful and great and the usual empty-headed claptrap that passes for political discourse in our proud empire.

The poor little suck-up just wants so badly to be loved:

OBAMA: And I’ve got — and I’ve got a lot of these ideas.

The last thing I will say, though — let me say this about health care and the health care debate because I think it also bears on a whole lot of other issues.

If you look at the package that we’ve presented — and there’s some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating — we were in the process of eliminating.

For example — for example, you know, we said from the start that — that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your — if you want to keep the health insurance you’ve got, you can keep it; that you’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decisionmaking. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge.

And so we were — we were in the process of scrubbing this and making sure that it’s tight.

But at its core, if you look at the basic proposal that we put forward, it has an exchange so that businesses and the self-employed can buy into a pool and can get bargaining power the same way big companies do, the insurance reforms that I’ve already discussed, making sure that there’s choice and competition for those who don’t have health insurance.

The component parts of this thing are pretty similar to what Howard Baker, Bob Dole and Tom Daschle proposed at the beginning of this debate last year.

Now, you may not agree with Bob Dole and Howard Baker and Tom — and certainly you don’t agree with Tom Daschle on much…


… but that’s not a radical bunch. But if you were to listen to the debate, and, frankly, how some of you went after this bill, you’d think that this thing was some Bolshevik plot.


No, I mean, that’s how you guys — that’s how you guys presented it.


And so I’m thinking to myself, “Well, how is it that a plan that is pretty centrist…”


No, look, I mean, I’m just saying — I know you guys disagree, but if you look at the facts of this bill, most independent observers would say this is actually what many Republicans — it — it’s similar to what many Republicans proposed to Bill Clinton when he was doing his debate on health care.

Because NOTHING makes a bully leave you alone quite like meeting them half way.

It really does boggle the mind that there are people who believe that this is change.



  1. A perfect example of how people use words differently. Media bobbleheads aren’t really concerned with what words like “centrist” really mean. They just want to sound knowledgeable. Political elites like God-Emperor Obama doesn’t really mean “centrist” when he says it. He just using the word as a flag to show his fellow elites that he won’t upset the applecart.

    Really, it’s a wonder either of them can order lunch.

  2. Well, at least they have those handcuffed single-payer advocates to, er, bond over.

    Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. Every day I’m just a little happier that I never considered voting for Obama. What a pathetic piece of conniving shit he is.

  3. I realize it’s part of a series, but I wonder if the Bully videos include a segment on organizing. When I was in elementary school, the bully would pick a kid to torture during recess. When he tortured me, I went to the principal, and nothing changed. Assuming we were on our own, I solicited the assistance of three brothers in laying an ambush after school. Long story short, when they finished with the bully, he never bothered a kid again. And all it cost me was a pack of chocolate-covered cake donuts!

  4. Dear Breakfast in the Ruins,

    I just have a quick question for you but couldn’t find an email so had to resort to this. I am a progressive blogger. Please email me back at when you get a chance. Thanks.


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