This whole thing is devilishly funny and profoundly sad at the same time.
I'm left scratching my head at the obscene paradox and hypocrisy of their positions, but more than that-- I'm baffled by the sheer absence of alternative, moderate voices of sensible conservatives to challenge the hardening narrative. They must know that (a) this is not the way to regain electoral advantage, (b) this is just nuts. In the spirit of teabagging, I ask-- don't they have the balls for the necessary intraparty civil war? (Talk about fascism.)
Elsewhere in George Stephanopoulos's This Week program, the roundtable discussion featured a clueless Karl Rove being barraged by great arguments and sharp accusaions from Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stan Greenberg.
I LOVE IT.
Guys, if you haven't seen it, I suggest you go look for it on YouTube or somewhere. It should be available, and MADE available.
I love it so much that I'll watch it again. And again. And again.
I'm sure that if Rahm Emanuel's team contacted the networks to press them to cover the speech live, the networks would have preempted regular programming for it. If the White House thought that this speech should be carried live, I think they'd have done a lot to make sure of it.
Right, and your "black president in my lifetime" response is so witty.
My response stands: Daschle's withdrawal does not do anything to advance or hinder the path towards universal healthcare. Put it another way, a "whore" to healthcare and pharmaceutical and insurance interests is probably a bad choice for HHS Secretary; but Obama likes to say that the push for genuine reform will come from him, so whoever sits in HHS is secondary to how Obama will navigate the treacherous path to universal healthcare.
If you have an alternate opinion, now's the time to voice it.