President Obama said Sunday that he would convene a half-day bipartisan health care session at the White House to be televised live this month, a high-profile gambit that will allow Americans to watch as Democrats and Republicans try to break their political impasse.My gut feeling is that Obama expects to be able to make the GOP look like assholes the way he did recently at their annual conference. That isn't going to happen. They will come prepared with their usual arsenal of half-truths and outright lies delivered in spectacularly simplistic soundbites, gunning to definitively tank healthcare reform once and for all—and make the President look like a dipshit in the process.
Mr. Obama made the announcement in an interview on CBS during the Super Bowl pre-game show, capitalizing on a vast television audience. He set out a plan that would put Republicans on the spot to offer their own ideas on health care and show whether both sides are willing to work together.
"I want to come back and have a large meeting, Republicans and Democrats, to go through systematically all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward," Mr. Obama said in the interview from the White House Library.
Lots of potential to backfire with little potential gain, methinks.