Kudos to Cenk Uygur for calling out Obama for letting Republicans take control of the health care debate. Uygur notes:
A Rasmussen poll now has the Republican Party as more trusted on the health care issue than Democrats. That’s insanity.
Yes, it is. How did Republicans become the more trusted party on health care? Uygur hits the nail on the head:
Democrats brought a scalpel to a gun fight. The Republicans have attacked and attacked and attacked. Meanwhile, what has been the Democratic response? They’re reaching out in a spirit of bipartisanship. Why?
Someone says they’re going to bite your head off and will almost all vote against you, what is your purpose in continuing to reach out to them? They say they will under no circumstances vote for real health care reform with a public option, which you have said many times before is essential. They are in essence saying the only way they would vote for your bill is if they were positive it sucked. So, why do the Democrats continue to help the Republicans in killing this thing?
It is the unbearable weakness of Democratic being. They cannot find it in their hearts to strongly argue for their own position. To be fair, in this case, the weakness is mainly Obama’s. The White House has clearly indicated this weekend that they have already given up on the public option — and they’re still begging the Republicans to work with them. Frankly, it’s pathetic.
Uygur illustrates his by pointing to the Chuck “Pull the Plug on Grandma” Grassley debacle.
Grassley says Obama wants to kill your grandmother. And what’s the price for this hideous slander? Obama promises he’ll continue to reach out to him. Why? Are you looking for advice on how to kill grandma?
…The other side might be vicious liars, but at least they have some lions who are willing to fight. Who do we have? Obama and his team of weaklings?
Of course, one Democrat did hit back hard over the weekend. Like many liberals, I noticed the very effective performance of Howard Dean on TV this weekend. Of course, it speaks volumes that the person making the strongest case for reform — Howard Dean — was passed over for a post in the administration.
Uygur contrasts Dean’s performance with the performance HHS Sectreatary Sebelius:
Now, I see why they didn’t ask Howard Dean to be part of this administration. It’s because he doesn’t fit in. He’s a fighter. He believes in real health care reform and is willing to fight for it. Just compare Dean’s appearances on television and Sebelius’s. It’s a joke. When is the last time you saw her make a forceful and convincing case for the public option, or for that matter any part of the reform proposal?
Once again, thanks to Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks for taking the Obama administration to task.