Ramming Speed

The Wall Street Journal has a concise opinion of the “bipartisan” summit Obama is going to conduct:

A mere three days before President Obama’s supposedly bipartisan health-care summit, the White House yesterday released a new blueprint that Democrats say they will ram through Congress with or without Republican support. So after election defeats in Virginia, New Jersey and even Massachusetts, and amid overwhelming public opposition, Democrats have decided to give the voters what they don’t want anyway.

Ah, the glory of “progressive” governance and democratic consent.

“The President’s Proposal,” as the 11-page White House document is headlined, is in one sense a notable achievement: It manages to take the worst of both the House and Senate bills and combine them into something more destructive. It includes more taxes, more subsidies and even less cost control than the Senate bill. And it purports to fix the special-interest favors in the Senate bill not by eliminating them—but by expanding them to everyone.

I have pointed out that I do not see any upside for Republicans from even attending this sham. But I do see a very, very powerful symbolic gesture they could make if they do choose to attend. When the bullying hits a fevered pitch – as it will – they should stand up and leave.

That simple.

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4 Responses to Ramming Speed

  1. Santay says:

    The only comfort here is knowing that whenever Zero puts in a personal appearance he fails. Witness Copenhagen {twice}, NJ, VA,and MA. I suppose you could throw in Russia and China as well.

  2. ropelight says:

    Yes, Gaius, that would be the appropriate response to Obama’s strong-arm tactics once the meeting is in process. However, the walk-out would have to be done, and seen to be done, in response to a series of clear provocations, and not as some sort of a prearranged or orchestrated political stunt.

    Obama and his willing accomplices in MSM would surely portray any walk-out as a stage managed political dirty trick, and as as act of bad faith.

    If Republicans attend the meeting without a prior agreement for equal time, they will be dependant on Democrats for provocation of sufficient magnitude to justify a walk-out. Inadequate provocation condemns the GOP to sit there and take Obama’s abuse while he preens and postures for the cameras till he tires of the charade and generously allows his adversaries permission to withdraw.

  3. Neo says:

    He [Saul Alinsky] said, “Sure there’s a lot of complexity and gray areas, and sometimes the other side has got some good points, but don’t recognize them. Once you take side, accept completely the right of your side and pretend the other side has no argument going for it.”

  4. crosspatch says:

    “When the bullying hits a fevered pitch – as it will – they should stand up and leave.”

    The problem I have with that is the Democrats then using it as justification to ram their stuff through saying something like “we attempted to engage with the Republicans but they wouldn’t listen, its their fault”.

    So you pretty much have to go. But if I were in charge of the Republican delegation I would make it very clear that “bipartisan” means accepting at least some of the Republican suggestions and removing at least some of what the Republicans object to. This notion that bipartisan means simply going along with the Democrats is crazy.

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