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Obama to GOP: Hey, I Won

Filed under: Obama,Politics — DRJ @ 2:16 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Today in Elkhart, Indiana, Obama announced “$2.4 billion in taxpayer grants for electric cars and tens of thousands of jobs” as well as promising to deliver health care reform:

“I promise you, we will pass reform by the end of this year because the American people need it,” the president said.”

Later on MSNBC, Obama echoed his January 2009 “I won” message to the GOP as he promised reform with or without Republicans:

“Sometime in September we’re going to have to make an assessment” about whether to keep trying to negotiate with Republicans, he told MSNBC.

Obama said he “would prefer Republicans working with us” but that getting his main priorities for a health care overhaul are more important. It represents a marked change from the emphasis Obama placed on bipartisanship when he launched his campaign for a health care overhaul at a White House summit in March.”

Sen. Jay Rockefeller says it will It may come down to whether the Democrats can convince 3 Republicans to join them to make a 60-vote majority:

“Democrats will need 60 votes to overcome parliamentary delaying tactics and pass a bill in the Senate. While there are 60 Democratic senators, two have been absent because of illness, and not all Democrats support the legislation that has emerged thus far from committee.”

My guess is that Ohio’s George Voinovich and Maine’s U.S. senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, will get a hefty dose of The Chicago Way in the coming months.


24 Responses to “Obama to GOP: Hey, I Won”

  1. The Republicans, I think, need to decide how much longer they are going to try to fix the guillotine.

    In 1994, Democrats decided to pass a tax increase with not a single Republican vote. Later that year they lost 54 House seats and 8 Senate seats and control of both houses of Congress.

    My hope is that Snowe and Collins and Voinovich get reminded about party loyalty in the coming months.

    Kevin Murphy (805c5b)

  2. I seem to remember a recent President (thinnest electoral margin ever, 5 SC votes to 4) declaring he had a “man date” soon after the election. I think he actually meant mandate.

    Payback is a naughty word.

    Go Dems! Reconciliation too-day, reconciliation too-mora, reconciliation fo-evaa

    spart (3095d8)

  3. Payback is a naughty word.

    Oh, I agree. The polls show that people are considering payback after November, too. Keep in mind in 2010.

    Eric Blair (0b61b2)

  4. Bl;air:

    I only hope the GOP does have the backbone and courage to deliver the appropriate payback,

    To all those who wasted billions in taxpayer dollars.

    To those who broke the Constitution.

    To those who broke the laws in persuit of their “hope and change” policies.

    To ACORN.

    But I doubt it. There are too many Sparts and idiots who depend on the state to survive.

    Thomas Jackson (8ffd46)

  5. The dirty little socialist is going to ram his dirty little socialisms right down your collective throats.

    JD (24e83b)

  6. That’s not a Rockefeller quote, DRJ.

    As he’s not running for re-election next year, Voinovich’s party loyalty won’t be controlling. Kit Bond could also be a puzzle.

    [You are right about the Rockefeller quote, steve, and thank you for pointing it out. I must have been day-dreaming when I wrote that section. — DRJ]

    steve (9c10fe)

  7. The electric car quote is pretty funny because he is doing nothing to increase electricity generation or transmission. If anything, he and his stupid allies, like one infesting this blog lately, will make electricity more expensive and make electric cars less viable. Since their policies are insanity, I assume they will eventually be stopped but I hope to limit the harm.

    The cash for clunkers is such a classic broken windows fallacy that I really wonder if they are capable of learning.

    Mike K (addb13)

  8. Dealin’ in multiplication and He still can’t bribe everyone.

    Good God

    what a skeezer pleezer he’s creeping me out make the dirty socialist go away it’s like stranger danger on a national scale

    happyfeet (71f55e)

  9. This Southerner is betting Voinovich won’t need much arm twisting.

    But I’m err, dumb, so what do I know?

    Em (7139fe)

  10. WTF? When did they start negotiating with Republicans? They have done nothing but give everyone who is not a lap dog democrat the big FU for 7 months. This guy is the biggest liar since Nixon… so far.

    Ray (3c46ca)

  11. Great, spurt’s a Miss Havisham Democrat. But the U.S. Supreme Court did not decide the 2000 presidential election, much as the libs would like to claim. More revisionist history on their part. At least try to get your stale talking points right in the future spurt.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  12. Ray – Exactly. On healthcare, the Democrats haven’t even been able to get out of their own way yet. His words are just a ginormous red herring, but par for the course for the liar in chief.

    Ooh, spurt don’t report me to the White House for that comment.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  13. Spart is in moderation because of a comment in another thread so I suggest you don’t reply to his comment since he can’t respond.

    DRJ (8d138b)

  14. Voinovich is retiring soon, so he could, theoretically, actually show some spine. Though he characterizes himself as a “debt hawk” on his Senate websiste, that’s hardly believable.

    mj (9a22c2)

  15. DRJ – I missed the moderation bit.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  16. DRJ – Since spurt’s own comments are providing half the volume, that should cut comment traffic in half.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  17. 16. Yes, and the average comment IQ will double.

    Ray (3c46ca)

  18. That Obama promise sounds fishy to me. I think I’ll report the President to the White House’s new “snitch” email address.

    It’s my patriotic duty to snitch, right? The White House says so.

    malclave (4f3ec1)

  19. I’ve always sensed that an ultra-leftist like Barry Obama would have found the notion of negotiating with Republicans and non-liberals rather distasteful. So his rhetoric about the value of bi-partisanship was about as hollow as his claims that his relationship with, say, Jeremiah Wright was not a match made in heaven.

    Mark (411533)

  20. There’s something mighty “fishy” about this blog.
    Hussein is watching you!

    krusher (791666)

  21. I think 2010 will be pretty interesting. The senior citizens are very concerned about the health care moves and the 20 somethings are experiencing a very tough time in getting/keeping jobs. My 23 year old tells me that many of her friends who voted for Obama are beginning to have second thoughts. Of course that is a very small “sample” and the rest of the country’s youth could be real happy with things, but I sort of doubt it.
    could spell trouble for Obama as the 2012 campaign looms.
    If the 2010 elections go badly for the Dems, Obama will have to make a choice between actually going centrist or sticking to the leftist agenda as he considers his re-election prospects.

    voiceofreason2 (10af7e)

  22. I think Obama is considering the Chavez option and doing away with Democracy and elections.

    PCD (02f8c1)

  23. God help us;I’m beginning to believe Biden’s the intelligent one .

    CORWIN (07884c)

  24. Our young are becomming disenchanted with the Obama Administration also. Our Seniors are out in over whelming numbers speaking out against this no listen democratic congress. All it is with Obama speaches is second verse same as the first.

    kiowa (19be50)

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