Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Obama to drop public option, take on liberal Democrats.

Can it be? Obama ready to pull a Clinton which means taking on the far left of his party and daring them to do something? Could be a rope-a-dope.

Top officials privately concede the past six weeks have taken their toll on Obama's popularity. But the officials also see the new diminished expectations as an opportunity to prove their critics wrong by signing a health-care law, showing progress in Afghanistan, and using this month's anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers to push for a crackdown on Wall Street.

On health care, Obama’s willingness to forgo the public option is sure to anger his party’s liberal base. But some administration officials welcome a showdown with liberal lawmakers if they argue they would rather have no health care law than an incremental one. The confrontation would allow Obama to show he is willing to stare down his own party to get things done.

“We have been saying all along that the most important part of this debate is not the public option, but rather ensuring choice and competition,” an aide said. “There are lots of different ways to get there.”

Lets see how much Obama and the White House is willing to smack down the Daily Kos/Olbermann segment of the party to show who is in charge. This could all be a nice big showing for the public.

Update: I like AP's spin on this.

White House: Obama may detail health plans soon

Maybe the smartest man in the room should have done that in the first place.

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