Yet another column. Yet another excerpt:
So, the long awaited speech has been given, and President Obama is all in when it comes to fighting for health care reform–or at least, his vision of it. Praise where it is due: The President came out fighting and delivered a speech that was both eloquent and well-designed to rally his base; a base that had grown disillusioned with the President’s efforts to achieve reform. His speech will do what many a Presidential address to a joint session does; cause an uptick in the President’s numbers, and with it, a temporary revival in the President’s fortunes.
Then, the political situation will settle down and revert back to much of its pre-speech form. This isn’t a failing specific to President Obama, it represents the general ebb and flow of public opinion and the political situation in the aftermath of a Presidential address. But no one should think that this one address will do much to break the logjam that exists concerning the legislative struggle over the future of health care policy. . . .
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