The slow motion train wreck


Filed Under Races 2010 on Feb 25 

I must confess I didn’t get a chance to watch much of the heralded “health care summit” today. When I did get to watch it, I was reminded of US Deputy Marshal Samuel Girard’s first reaction to the train wreck scene in The Fugitive:

My, my, my…what a mess!

The One summoned DC’s political heavy hitters to Blair House with the intention of hammering out some sort of compromise on the only signature campaign issue he has left – that of socializing the American medical system. Over the course of my professional career, I have been required to sit through more than my fair share of meetings. On occasion, I’ve had to conduct these meetings so I can reliably tell you running an effective meeting is not nearly as easy as it looks.

Today, The One made having drug free wisdom teeth extraction seem a welcome alternative to sitting through – let alone running – that sorry excuse for a meeting of the minds. I have never in all my years seen a more inept person attempt to run a meeting. It was (painfully) obvious The One is not accustomed to engaging in an exchange of ideas among equals. Whenever he asked a question of an opponent, and the opponent dared to attempt an answer, The One simply kept repeating his talking points until the opponent shut up. Dare to bring a copy of the bill in question to the table? Shame on you Mr. Cantor.

Yeah, Barry. This was really effective.

I don’t question the need to effectively reform this nation’s health care system. That said, I didn’t see any serious attempt by The One and his merry band of thugs to fix what ails the system. All I saw was what can only be defined as a bad joke on a second rate sitcom. Most of the exchanges I saw went something like this:

Un-named elected official: Oh great and wise Oracle of Obama-ness! Health care is so bad in my state…

The One: How bad is it?

Un-named elected official: Health care is so bad in my state that… (insert hyperbole here)

I mean seriously, did listening to North Dakota’s own Kent Conrad whine about his father-in-law’s drug regime really advance the cause of American medicine? C’mon, Kent! Do you honestly believe a government bureaucracy would do a better job at sorting out an old man’s meds than would someone who actually cares about him?

Dear reader, this farce of a health care summit was far and away the worst government exercise I have ever seen or otherwise witnessed. I’ve seen congressional sub-committee hearings broadcast on CSPAN at three o’clock in the morning that were better organized and accomplished more substantive results than this meeting of our nation’s highest elected leaders.

So, tell me. Having watched any part of that meeting, are you in any way confident of the ability of any of those people in that room to reform this nation’s health care system in any way, shape, manner, or form? I sure as blazes am not.


  • dw

    It was a clever trap and the Repubs had no way out. They could not say no to the invite and now they will be played as the party who would not cooperate. The Dems can claim they let the Repubs talk, listened to their ideas, but in the end the Repubs refused to work with them.

    Of course, the same is true of the Dems, but they have a much better PR spin machine.

    It’s all politics. There is very little difference now between these two parties. Neither really cares about the people. It’s time for a real political change. It’s time to vote for anyone not with a D or R next to their name.

  • Sartho

    Gene Rayburn was awesome, as was his show.

    “Obama’s health care summit was SO bad …”


    “It was SO bad that the American people watching suddenly felt _____.”

    • Brian H

      “It was SO bad that the American people watching suddenly felt _____.”


      • Sartho

        Amen! :)

  • Brian H

    I think you guys have failed to recognize the value of what occured today. Because of this staged event I feel better about this process going forward. Because of what occured today I now know that another “bi-partisan” summit will never occur again.

    I am a glass half full person. This event was simply another dumb Obama decision (Gitmo, KSM, Health Care, Olympics, Beer Summit, etc. etc.) that will prove to blow up in the President’s face. Now that this laughable process is over, my friends, we can put this latest Obama screw-up behind us…….and wait with anticipation for his next.

    This may seem like the longest rollercoaster we have ever ridden and the likelyhood of vomitting is high when it finally ends, but, the truth, the ride itself is proving to be quite a hoot.

    • East of Eden

      I think it already has blown up in his face. He was served at every turn by the GOP. And lets face it, he is not very good at hiding his discontent. He was obviously upset, underprepared, condescending as usual and looked the fool.

  • Alaina

    I escaped the hurricane blizzard in NY so I had the pleasure of working from home today with the summit on in the background.

    I can’t figure out what Obama thought he was going to gain. It was riduculous, absolutely ridiculous.

    Seriously, who came up with the guest list? Why were people like John McCain there? Was he a doctor or did he work for an insurance company at any time and I just didn’t know about it? And Charlie Rangle? The guy that writes tax laws so complex he doesn’t even understand them well enough to follow them himself? Really? What does he know about healthcare?

    I’m absolutely embarassed that the rest of the world saw that humiliating display of so-called “bi-partisan democracy”.

  • East of Eden

    I watched or listened when I could today, and until I just couldn’t stand the insanity, seriously the toddler playgroup was at my house and less crazy today!!

    These guys just like to hear themselves talk, talk, talk….but all I heard was me, me, me, bla, bla, bla…and you get the picture. I think a group of 12 year old boy scouts could run a meeting better than this.

    It was a total joke. Nothing will change, the Dems will start reconcillation, or nuclear options or whatever they heck it is next week and continue down the road they are on.

  • Troy La Mana

    This slap down of McCain by the Obamanation was typical.

  • kristen

    I confess I haven’t watched any of it; it’s not plausible in a classroom with 15-year-old teenagers. Strangely, I think I’d rather deal with them than watch the nightmare “bipartisan” debate. (Bipartisan meaning “Shut up and fall in line”.) I have read that some of the GOP are standing in to him, even laying out figures in the trillions; yet all he has to say is “let’s not be bogged down with numbers.” Right–because taxpayer money doesn’t matter.

    What. A. Joke.