Today, the White House confirmed the wisdom of a piece Jennifer Rubin posted yesterday on Commentary’s Contentions. Not learning from experience, she wrote, the President “lacks judgment“, remaining unable
to assess events, make adjustments, and correct course promptly may be attributable to a lack of life experience (e.g., he has never seen his ideological assumptions rejected so thoroughly, nor has he had to shift course so abruptly). It may also stem from arrogance – the belief that he has a monopoly on virtue and wisdom and that his opponents are rubes and/or operate out of bad faith. And then again, he may simply be weighed down by silly ideas (e.g., government can create jobs) and a lack of executive acumen.
Today, we learned that the White House intends to press ahead on a radical overhaul of our nation’s health care system, despite increasing (and overwhelming) majorities of Americans opposed to such plans:
In the course of unveiling Obama’s new health reform proposal on a conference call with reporters this morning, White House advisers made it clearer than ever before: If the GOP filibusters health reform, Dems will move forward on their own and pass it via reconciliation.
Guess their upcoming summit is just window dressing. The Democrats will push forward on their form of “reform” no matter what even as more than two-thirds of Americans believe Congress should either start all over on health care reform or do nothing.
It’s not starting over when you’re coming to the table with a “a $950 billion health care proposal bridging the differences between the House and Senate health care bills.” And a trillion dollar federal program is anything but doing nothing.
Sounds like the president prefers pushing his ideology to forging a consensus in the national interest.