OBAMA: “You haven’t seen me out there blaming the Republicans.”
OBAMA three minutes earlier: “I’ve heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it’s better politics to ‘go for the kill.’ Another Republican senator said that defeating health reform is about ‘breaking’ me.”
I think it’s fair to say that reforming healthcare is a Democratic issue. The Democrats control the House, the Senate, and the White House. If the Democrats fail to pass comprehensive health care reform, can you blame the GOP for that failure? If not, shouldn’t you shut up about it?
Pointing frustrated fingers at the minority party only enhances the growing opinion that the majority party is dropping the ball. If it succeeds, it does so without GOP support and the Democrats take all of the credit. If it fails, it does so not because of the GOP but because the Democrat representation in Congress has significant numbers of fiscally conservative Democrats.