Monday, July 20, 2009

Entrance, Stage Left

It's crunch time and Obama's big health dreams are on the line. Time to call out the dogs of war:
"I know the blogs are best at debunking myths that can slip through a lot of the traditional media outlets," he said. "And that is why you are going to play such an important role in our success in the weeks to come."
Aside from the hilarity he obviously doesn't mean all the blogs, such as the right leaning blogs currently debunking health care myths now. He means the lefty versions schooled in rolling debunkers, intimidating the media, and scaring the politicos.

Studying Obama's message it's clear his use of the phrase "debunking myths" in regards to the traditional media is ludicrous considering the fact they've been bending over backwards (and sometimes bowing forwards) to help his health care agenda get top billing. Nor is he necessarily targeting the right wing bloggers, since if they held much sway the Stimulus would have never passed. So who's standing in the way?

Not the Republicans. The Democrats could roll right over them and pass a bill tomorrow with no dissent and 60 votes for cover. Gotta be the Blue Dogs. Obama's threat to use a party line vote is surely a bluff but it signifies a fear that he's afraid he'll be left standing there with Pelosi, naked, holding the socialized medicine flag as things come crashing down. A change as massive as government health care requires political cover and the Blue Dogs surely aren't gonna jump on a liberal chuck wagon if it costs them reelection. Hey- Obama can only blame Emanuel since he's the one who recruited DINOs to win back Congress in 2006. Payback and such.

So what to do? The Chicago way might involve implied threats, which some of these bloggers have shown a talent for in the past. But chances are they will be used to define a working theme (coordinated through the Journo List?) that can be fed to the MSM in an effort to turn the polls around before August. If the polls turn, the Blue Dogs can more safely turn back left. If not there's always time for some Chicago action later. As DeMint said, a Waterloo is looming.

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