June 24, 2009
Obama vs. Obama?

From Paul Krugman’s blog:

Really bad news on the health care front. After making the case for a public option, and doing it very well, Obama said this:

“We have not drawn lines in the sand other than that reform has to control costs and that it has to provide relief to people who don’t have health insurance or are underinsured,” Mr. Obama said. “Those are the broad parameters that we’ve discussed.”

There he goes again, gratuitously making a big gift to the other side.

My big fear about Obama has always been not that he doesn’t understand the issues, but that his urge to compromise — his vision of himself as a politician who transcends the old partisan divisions — will lead him to negotiate with himself, and give away far too much. He did that on the stimulus bill, where he offered an inadequate plan in order to win bipartisan support, then got nothing in return — and was forced to reduce the plan further so that Susan Collins could claim her pound of flesh.


Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 24, 2009 02:15 PM
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Paul Krugman is a good economist. As for his political analysis...not so much. Barack Obama hasn't stopped supporting the public option, and if he has good political instincts (which he does), he won't let Republicans and corporate Democrats kill it, no matter what he says about hearing all sides.

Posted by: Mike Goldman on June 24, 2009 5:16 PM
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