As the attempt to pass meaningful health-care reform stumbles oafishly toward home plate, having missed a base or two along the way, it's hard not to repeat Casey Stengel's famous lament about the hapless 1962 Mets: "You look up and down the bench and you have to say to yourself, 'Can't anybody here play this game?' "What about President Obama and his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel? I think of another Stengel aphorism: "The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided." The White House hasn't managed to drive a deep enough wedge between the Senate Republicans, who aren't going to vote for reform under any circumstances, and the Democratic caucus. The waverers and the opportunists have been allowed to take control.
Friday, December 18, 2009
"Which lawmakers can, and can't, play the health-care game"
Eugene Robinson (WaPo):