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C-SPAN Invites Congress to Keep Obama’s Promise (Updated)

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 7:32 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

C-SPAN has issued an open invitation to Congress to televise the health care negotiations and fulfill President Obama’s campaign promise to negotiate health care reform in public sessions televised on C-SPAN.

Nancy Pelosi is not amused.


UPDATE: In a meeting today with President Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid agreed to ping-pong their health care bills to minimize GOP delaying tactics.

16 Responses to “C-SPAN Invites Congress to Keep Obama’s Promise (Updated)”

  1. Pelosi is full of it. She says: “There has never been a more open process for any legislation in anyone who served here’s experiences.” Leaving aside her lousy rules of grammar, her ping pong rules are simple: Brian Lamb can’t watch.

    Andrew (7ad1cf)

  2. Linked to the Politico bit
    about Pelosi’s amusement.

    Reminded me of Shakespear’s quote: “Oh what a tangled web we weave,
    When at first we practice to deceive.”

    Then I discovered that was a Walter Scott
    quotation. I guess I should not have skipped that class forty-some years ago.

    cave16 (710dbc)

  3. SanFranNan cannot help but to lie lie lie.

    JD (dfdabe)

  4. These people think their parrot lame-stream media will be able to shield their lies from the public and they couldn’t be more wrong.

    And why can’t we see, because you know, you just wouldn’t understand the crap we are putting in this bill.

    “Repeal the government health care rationing bill” makes a nice sign don’t you think?

    bill-tb (541ea9)

  5. I updated the post regarding the Democratic leaders’ agreement to avoid a conference committee.

    DRJ (84a0c3)

  6. What is so awful about “delaying” tactics? Why can’t we deliberate carefully and publicly? This stupid thing doesn’t go into effect until after the next presidential election anyway, so what’s the hurry?

    Whatever bill they wind up with will require a full vote of the people’s representatives and a full public airing of what they are voting for. Anything less is simply wrong. Pelosi has been extremely aggressive about curtailing minority rights, and should think carefully about the implications of that come 2011 when she’s in the minority. Will the GOP yet again give the democrats a much better situation than the GOP has now? I wouldn’t bet on it. The GOP is the party of No, now, and that’s actually a winning formula when we’re talking about cap and tax, bailouts, and health care ‘reform’.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  7. Because Shut Up, she explained.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  8. I think the President needs to realize who is running the country and it ain’t him or Rahm or David or Harry.

    The sooner he realizes this, the more chance he has to assemble something from the shambles of his first almost 12 months as the titular head of the United States.

    It’s almost like watching the aftermath of the Russian Revolution today, without the butchery.

    Ag80 (76c798)

  9. The sooner he realizes this, the more chance he has to assemble something from the shambles of his first almost 12 months…

    But that’s the point: he doesn’t see the first 12 months as a shambles at all. Have you forgotten the self-assessed grade of B+??? In his mind, he’s doing pretty darn well and if the health care mess passes, he’s putting himself at the top of the class.

    Dana (f64b7d)

  10. Dana: Of course he thinks he’s doing well. He’s Barack.

    But, he’s playing in the casino of leftist politics and D.C. isn’t Chicago.

    His health care isn’t going to pass because he never had a health-care bill and never had an intention of presenting one. Pelosi’s health care is going to pass. He’ll sign it and declare victory, but everyone on the left will know the real victor.

    He played a high-stakes game to get elected and was swept into office by a disgruntled public tired of Bush and the GOP.

    Now, the left wants its pot and Pelosi holds all the cards. He’s just gambling on the hand he was dealt and he will lose.

    Ag80 (76c798)

  11. as for the three stooges, Hairy, Nazi and Zero, fuck them and the horseshit they rode in on.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  12. Note to Obama: When BRIAN LAMB is calling you out, that’s a sign you’ve gone too far.

    2010 is going to be a bloodbath…

    SaveFarris (bb671c)

  13. The administration has been ahead of this concern for a while. Robert Gibbs has stated many times that this whole process has been transparent and everyone knows what’s going on. And the media has, for the most part, nodding in agreement.

    It will not be transparent until after it has passed. Who is really surprised by this?

    Corwin (ea9428)

  14. #12 has it right. This is a tipping point for millions of occasional observers. Normally, they’re only partially engaged at best and don’t usually pay attention to political squabbling until just before elections.

    For them, CSPAN is a preferred source of evenhanded information and Brian Lamb is their pied piper. When Lamb directly exposes Obama’s string of lies, the dye is cast, and the stain of deception can’t be whisked away by Democrat slight of hand. This is a much bigger issue than Democrats are willing to admit, even to themselves.

    ropelight (32a1ea)

  15. Gibbs – Pride of Alabama – says he dealt with this issue yesterday. What’s the problem.

    GeneralMalaise (68a574)

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