LOSING THE 'PUBLIC OPTION'
  • Ed Kilgore, The New Republic: Don't sweat it. Obama has a plan. "This deja vu sensation I'm having obviously doesn't guarantee that the current struggles over health care reform and climate change will have as happy an ending as the presidential contest. But it may well provide a plausible argument for giving the president the benefit of the doubt today as we should have done a year ago."
  • Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal: Americans don't hate the government. They just don't trust it. "The Obama health-care proposal arrived at a particularly bad moment to be asking voters to 'trust us.'"
  • Shawn Tully, Fortune: Let the free market fix health care. "Unlike the House bill that fills 1,100 pages, my proposed health-care plan can be expressed in four simple bullet points. The marketplace, with more than 100 million consumers writing their own checks, will take care of the rest.
  • The Washington Post: Ditch the public option to pass reform now. "Obama administration wants to get health reform done, it's going to have to back away from the public option sooner or later -- and it's getting awfully late."

HEALTH CARE WITHOUT THE G.O.P

  • James Taranto, Wall Street Journal: "Less than 10 months after his big election victory, President Obama has managed to do what some thought the Republicans never could: turn the Democrats into a minority party. Isn't it time he admitted he overreached?"
  • Harold Meyerson, Washington Post: No point in trying to negotiate with a shrinking, homogeneous, extremist Republican Party. "The Republican Party with which Democrats could make deals no longer exists. The GOP is too narrow; the gap between the parties, too wide."
  • Froma Harrop, Providence Journal: "It should be obvious by now that Republicans are bent on sabotage."
  • Joe Klein, Time Magazine: GOP opposition is not loyal. "There are conservatives -- Senator Lamar Alexander, Representative Mike Pence, among many others -- who make their arguments based on facts. But they have been overwhelmed by nihilists and hypocrites more interested in destroying the opposition and gaining power than in the public weal."
IRAQ VIOLENCE
  • Times of London: Despite attack, there is real progress in Iraq. "The terror campaign that formerly struck directly at US power is now an attack on a recognisable and confident Iraqi state.