Jonathan Chait has an excellent post at The New Republic on the inevitable dance of winking deceit each side of the health care "debate" must maintain to come out of the "summit" in good standing. For one, Obama is in a better position to expose the GOP as willful, recalcitrant obstructionists with no values other than short term political ones. The GOP is keen to portray Obama as partisan and secretive in the drafting of healthcare legislation with his congressional cohorts. The problem with their narrative, of course, is that the Obama health care agenda has stalled due to an over-extension of bipartisan sentiment and, to a lesser extent, a progressive caucus in the House still smarting from the death of their coveted public option.
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