In a high-stakes bid to revive his healthcare overhaul, President Obama announced during a pre-Super Bowl television interview that he would convene a bipartisan summit in which Republicans and Democrats would try to forge a compromise while a national TV audience watched.
I see. So it’s a genuine effort to reach a compromise.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said: “We always appreciate the opportunity to share ideas with the president, particularly on an issue where Americans have spoken so clearly. If we are to reach a bipartisan consensus, the White House can start by shelving the current health spending bill.”
But starting fresh is not part of the White House plan.
In an interview Sunday night, a White House official said, “The Republicans are going to interpret this as we’re starting over. We’re not starting over. We’re coming in with our plan. They’re welcome to come in with whatever plan they’d like. But we’re moving forward.”
I see. So it’s a stunt.
Republicans are destined to screw this up. They can minimize the inevitable damage by sending in Scott Brown to play a prominent role. He’s a walking symbol of the country’s unease with ObamaCare. Let’s hope Republicans remember that.