So, the president did his press conference to rally America. He really needs to rally Democrats on Capitol Hill. It's unbelievable that any Democrat would think that delaying passage of health care is a good political move...Some of those Democrats, especially many freshmen, owe their seats to Obama and the agenda upon which he ran. Not passing real reform is really bad politics.-AmericaBlog's Joe Sudbay, reminding newly elected Democrats that they are where they are because of Obama's Election Day coat tails.
The Bush years really did a number on the American people. His lies and incompetency have created the sense that we can't solve problems any more. That's part of what Obama is up against. Unfortunately, some of the Democrats on Capitol Hill seem to playing into that Bush-created mindset.
The long term residual damage of the Bush years will take a long time to clean up. President Obama is the right man at the right time to get the job done, but he needs to do it in conjunction with the congress. They need to stop thinking of the politics, get on board, and work with the President to move our great country out of the morass and into a more solid, stable future.
I am not asking them to be Obama's lap dogs, and he doesn't want them to be. But rather than form a circular firing squad, Democrats who find themselves at odds with current proposals should sit down with their fellow congressional members and with White House officials, put all options on the table, and then weed through them all to come up with the best possible, passable plan.
It won't be perfect but it will be a step in the right direction, and way better than doing nothing.
As for the rest of us...we all have to be patient.