American Elephants


Senator Lamar Alexander Respectfully Responds to President Obama’s Opening Statement. by The Elephant's Child

Peter Wehner commented succinctly on Senator Alexander’s response to the President’s opening statement:

Senator Alexander was an inspired choice, I think, to respond to President Obama’s opening statement. It is really quite good. For one thing, Alexander’s tone is perfect: reasonable, respectful, and authentic. He doesn’t sound as if he were reading from tired talking points. He was actually engaging Obama as well as the moment we’re in.

Senator Alexander also made excellent use of his own experiences in politics. He used nice analogies (“This car can’t be recalled and fixed,” he said. “It’ time to start over — but Republicans do want to start over.”) He highlighted the sweetheart deals in the Senate bill.

And he made a very important framing point: Republicans aren’t coming forward with a comprehensive plan because “we don’t do comprehensive well.” The nation is too big, too complicated, and too decentralized. And then he had this nice, subtle jab: “Comprehensive may work in a classroom [Professor Obama], but it doesn’t work in our big, complicated country.”



Senator McCain Responds to President Obama by The Elephant's Child
February 25, 2010, 8:50 pm
Filed under: Economy, Energy, Health Care, Taxes | Tags: , ,


Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) Explains Clearly that the Republicans Know Very Well What They Are Talking About! by The Elephant's Child

Paul Ryan is a very impressive Congressman.  The Republicans are “the Party of No?” Not very likely.  The Republicans understand very clearly the ideas that underlie the Democrat Health Care plans, and why they won’t work.  They understand the sleazy budget tricks, the false estimates, and what the bills would actually do to the American people and the American economy.

Jay Nordlinger said at National Review today:

Let me try something out on you: This health-care summit was a bad idea for the Democrats for this reason: They have long benefited from a perception — a perception greatly abetted by the media: The Republicans don’t care about health care, they don’t know about health care, they are the Party of No. All the ideas and caring are on the Democratic side.

It is not so, and it has never been so. And now everybody knows it.



President Obama’s Closing Statement. by The Elephant's Child

Closing arguments from an irritated, arrogant president.   The Blair House Summit was intended to display Republicans as the party of obstruction and lack of understanding.  Republicans, they thought,  just don’t know about health care.  The reason that Democrats are so far in the tank in the polls is more than apparent.

From George Will:

Today’s health policy “summit” comes at a moment when, as happens with metronomic regularity, Washington is reverberating with lamentations about government being “broken.” Such talk occurs only when the left’s agenda is stalled.

Do you remember mournful editorials and somber seminars about “dysfunctional” government when liberals defeated George W. Bush’s Social Security reforms?



The Blair House Project by American Elephant
February 25, 2010, 8:06 pm
Filed under: Health Care, Politics | Tags: ,

Heh. Republicans can be pretty funny when they want to.



Want Health Care Summit Success? Start Over! From Scratch. by The Elephant's Child

The Health Care Summit is tomorrow, Thursday.  President Obama has set up the usual straw men, (some say), (there seems to be a set of people), (there are those who), and shot them down with the usual broad rhetorical flourishes. What exactly he hopes to accomplish with this summit remains unclear.   It is clearly not any bipartisan anything.  It seems to be a little theater to say my way or the highway.

Jennifer Rubin comments at Commentary magazine;

This is the essence of Obama: filled with grand plans and a grandiose conception of  himself, but short on workable plans, legislative prowess, and strategic thinking.  And underneath it all is a deep contempt for the wishes and concerns of average Americans.

Michael Gerson, in the Washington Post:

Americans have taken every opportunity — the town hall revolt, increasingly lopsided polling, a series of upset elections culminating in Massachusetts — to shout their second thoughts. At this point, for Democratic leaders to insist on their current approach is to insist that Americans are not only misinformed but also dimwitted. And the proposed form of this insistence — enacting health reform through the quick, dirty shove of the reconciliation process — would add coercion to arrogance.

Here are the most recent public opinion polls on support/opposition for the health care bill, according to assorted pollsters. (From Jim Geraghty)

Rasmussen: 41/56
Newsweek: 40/49
Public Policy Polling: 39/50
Pew: 38/50
Quinnipiac: 35/54
Ipsos/McClatchy: 37/51
NBC/WSJ: 31/46
CNN: 38/58
NPR: 39/55

With all the talk about “ramming it through,” “reconciliation,” President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid are telling the American people that they are uninterested in their opinions, and just shut up.




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