Michael Sean Winters of America Magazine concludes that President Obama is either really really stupid or a weak executive.
OK. He didn’t really say it in those words but it’s all right there for the discerning eye.
Sean Winters writes openly of his desire for universal health care. And I give him props for putting his opinions out there plainly just as we do here. But then he writes of the kerfuffle surrounding Henry Waxman’s maneuvers to force abortion coverage into the healthcare bill. And that’s when we run into problems. Sean Winters writes:
During the August congressional recess, Obama and his staff can ponder what happened last week at the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The committee voted in favor of an amendment from Congressman Bart Stupak that would have prevented the federal government from mandating abortion coverage by private insurance plans. In short, keep the status quo. But, Committee Chairman Henry Waxman brought the amendment back for reconsideration and got Congressman Bart Gordon to change his vote, so the amendment failed. Mr. Obama and his staff need to understand that those Catholics who voted for Obama in 2008 but who voted for George W. Bush in 2004 were the decisive swing votes, and that they can swing back.
Mr. Obama and his staff need to know that all their appeals for common ground on abortion will go out the window if Waxman and his ilk succeed in sneaking abortion coverage into the health care reform bill. I do not have any special insight into the internal deliberations of the White House staff. The President himself was pretty clear in an interview last week that he expected the health care reform to be neutral on the abortion issue. If that is the case, and no one from his staff called Waxman to object to the re-vote or called Gordon to tell him to stick to his guns, well, that qualifies as “B-level” work in my book.
Mr. President, please listen to those of us who want to support your efforts to enact health care reform, who applaud putting diplomacy at the center of our foreign policy, who commend you for taking on Wall Street and coming to the aid of the auto industry, who are thrilled about Cap & Trade legislation finally moving through Congress but who will not be able to continue to support your administration unless you ensure that no end-run around the Hyde Amendment occurs as part of the health care reform. We want to support you. We worry that some in your administration may not be telling you the depth of our concern or who, for whatever reason, have failed to suggest a simple means of resolving the issue, namely, permitting insurance companies to sell riders for abortion coverage that are paid for by the consumer not the government. Indeed, we worry that some members of your administration would prefer to see the Hyde Amendment overturned.
So to me, you either have a President Obama who’s either not understanding that there’s a whole lot of folks who don’t like abortion or who’s not a strong enough executive to force his viewpoint on the bill he’s pushing so strongly for.
He either is politically stupid or he’s a weak executive.
I don’t for one second believe Obama is stupid but there is of course a third option which America Magazine is likely unwilling to face which put plainly is that Obama is a big fat liar. I’m talking like the kind of fat that needs to be taken out of his house by a crane kind of fat. That’s the amount of big fat liar I think Obama actually is.
I mean, doesn’t the logic work out quite well? Hmmm…Obama talks about lowering the number of abortions but the bill he pushes has abortion in it and would likely increase the number of abortions. So I’ll leave it up to you to put your answer in the combox: Obama is:
A) A big fat liar
B) A weak executive
C) Politically stupid
D) All of the above