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NYT: Obama’s Non-Strategy Pays Off

From his shamelessly fawning minions at the New York Times:

Obama Strategy on Health Care Legislation Appears to Be Paying Off


November 2, 2009

WASHINGTON — After months of plodding work by five Congressional committees and weeks of back-room bargaining by Democratic leaders, President Obama’s arms-length strategy on health care appears to be paying dividends, with the House and the Senate poised to take up legislation to insure nearly all Americans.

Debate in the House is expected to begin this week, and the Senate will soon take up its version. Democratic leaders and senior White House officials are sounding increasingly confident that Mr. Obama will sign legislation overhauling the nation’s health care system — a goal that has eluded American presidents for decades.

The Senate Finance Committee chairman, Max Baucus of Montana, described “a sense of inevitability, the sense that, yes, we’re going to pass health reform.” In interviews, senior advisers to the president said the progress on Capitol Hill vindicated Mr. Obama’s strategy of leaving the details up to lawmakers, though they are wary of sounding overconfident.

“You don’t see any shimmying in the end zone,” said Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff. “No spiking the ball on the 20-yard line here.”

Once again we see our watchdog media go out of its way to glorify another non-achievement from Mr. Obama.

With such huge majorities in both houses of Congress (House: 256 D vs 178 R, Senate: 59 D/I vs 40 R), how could the passage of such a centerpiece of the Democrat platform not be “inevitable”?

The only surprise here is that some Democrat leftists have resisted the Democrat radicals — however briefly and weakly.

But the radicals who now control the Democrat Party have long since realized that they don’t have to get everything they want in the original legislation.

They can add whatever they want later, when nobody will be paying attention. The important thing is to get the camel’s nose under the tent.

And speaking of metaphors:

“You don’t see any shimmying in the end zone,” said Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff. “No spiking the ball on the 20-yard line here.”

Why is Mr. Emanuel talking in football terms here? Aren’t there any ballet analogies?

In any case, we can’t wait to see how Mr. Obama’s ‘strategy’ of not having a strategy works in Afghanistan.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “NYT: Obama’s Non-Strategy Pays Off”

  1. proreason says:

    Rahm the Impaler does plenty of shimmying, and he wished it was in a football end zone.

    But the bath house is more likely.

  2. David says:

    I enjoy my Saturday college football but I have no idea what Rahm was trying to convey with that analogy! Anyone figure out what his point was? Is Obama the quarterback who could spike the ball to save time for another play? That would seem to go against the whole hands off approach. The ball is spiked to save time for a good play, is he saying that instead of waiting for a good time like when our economy isn’t in shambles they are just going to go ahead with it? And why would you need to be “shimmying” in the end zone any ways. I wonder if Rahm has ever even watched a football game.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Rahm did watch a football game once, making him eligible for the Heisman Trophy for this season. He’s neck-and-neck against the boy.

    • Right of the People says:

      Maybe sweetpants thinks the Won™ should spike the ball and do his victory dance at the 20. After all, isn’t close good enough, I mean why bother to actually score the TD when you can say you did?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Good one and soooo true, Right!

  3. wardmama4 says:

    You don’t see any shimmying in the end zone

    How gay can you get?

    I wonder – what does this say about The Won?!?

    I mean didn’t The Won once say – Look to my associates to see who I am?

    • David says:

      This verse keeps coming to mind with every foul associate uncovered:
      “He that walketh with wise [men] shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Proverbs 13:20

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