Sometimes I think I’m living in fantasy land…Usually when I go to the White House Briefings.
Like yesterday. That very morning, the New York Times, quoting Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, reported that the White House was giving up the idea of trying to get a bipartisan health reform bill.
It’s pretty clear Republicans are never going to vote for health care reform, said Emanuel, so why not just stick with Democrats?
Great plan, I thought.
Then I go to the briefing, and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, speaking for the President, directly contradicts Emanuel.
According to Gibbs, the president still believes in a bipartisan bill, is still working for a bipartisan bill, and still thinks he can get Republican votes.
Based on what?
In the House, not one Republican voted for the bill. In the Senate HELP Committee, not one Republican voted for the bill. On Senate Finance, Chuck Grassley has already said he will not vote for the bill.
See what I mean?
Come to think of it, maybe I’m not the one living in fantasy land. Maybe it’s President Obama.
That’s my parting shot for today.