It appears the doctor is going to remain “in” as President Obama says no to any short term deal to continue the “Repeal-o-Care” debate for 45 days, so says the Wall Street Journal. According to them, “On Saturday, a GOP aide said Mr. Obama had essentially rejected everything offered by House Republicans in their proposal.”
What’s so weird is the Washington Post covered the comments from that meeting yesterday and they were all over the place:
“It wasn’t a tit-for-tat or this-for-that kind of conversation. It was a more serious policy content conversation,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)“I was pleasantly surprised,” he said. “I think there’s a gelling that’s beginning to take place. I think it’s very possible that over the next short amount of time a constructive agreement may occur.”
“I don’t know that I want to talk publicly about what they are. But a framework to go forward in a constructive way to address both the short and longer term,” he said.
Republicans said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) spent several minutes briefing Obama on a proposal she has been circulating to Democrats that would raise the debt ceiling and reopen government, but repeal the medical device place and leave sequestration cuts in place.
“I don’t’ want to give the impress that he endorsed it,” she said, but he indicated there were “elements” with which he agreed.
Senators indicated talks would continue through the day and likely through the weekend.
“It was a cordial discussion and the president was willing to listen as well as give his point of view, so I think it was helpful,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio.)
These are all red team players in case you are wondering. So if at any point you want to know why both parties are lost, at least six people at the same meeting (at least Corker, Collins, Portman, Boehner, Obama, and Reid) clearly experienced six (maybe more?) completely different realities.
It makes me wonder how many other realities they can come up with if we keep asking other attendees, & maybe one even experienced a reality that gets them out of the Gordian Knot they have tied with John’s kite string- what a block head. It’s more likely someone finally came to the reality that for all John’s good intentions, Lucy has none.
Meanwhile, much like Linus we keep asking the question, why would you ever trust Red Lucy or Blue Lucy to hold the ball in the first place? Well, because she’s just so darn believable, and after all, she is the President after all.
As we like to remind people, “This time is not different.”