Tuesday, March 09, 2010

What's at stake

Last week, Obama held a series of meetings with Democrats trying to shore up support for his legislative strategy going forward, with some of those House Democrats still unsure whether they have faith enough in the Senate to again put their necks on the line. In one meeting, Obama told a more progressive group that should this latest effort to pass health care fail, it would doom the left's entire agenda for the foreseeable future. Rep. Raul Grijalva, who was in that meeting, said that sentiment made a strong impression.
Now, it's hard to know exactly what Obama said since no direct quote is provided, but this is certainly difficult to square with the president's declaration that he is "not an ideologue." In any case, Obama is certainly correct about the stakes involved.

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