OBAMA AND HEALTH CARE REFORM
- Tom Daschle, Wall Street Journal: Dems will go it alone on health care if they have to. "Should Republican intransigence continue, Democrats cannot simply stop. They cannot ignore the human suffering as well as their fiscal responsibility to act." Daschle says, "the choice between complete legislative failure and majority rule should not pose a dilemma for any Democratic senator."
- Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal: Americans want the government to leave their health insurance alone. "Less than five million people truly uncovered out of a population of 307 million. Americans don't believe this problem--serious but correctable--justifies the radical shift Mr. Obama offers."
- E.J. Dionne, Washington Post: The right-wing mob doesn't represent America. "There is an overwhelming case that the electronic media went out of their way to cover the noise and ignored the calmer (and from television's point of view "boring") encounters between elected representatives and their constituents."
- Jean Edward Smith, New York Times: Be like FDR. "Roosevelt relished the opposition of vested interests. He fashioned his governing majority by deliberately attacking those who favored the status quo. His opponents hated him -- and he profited from their hatred."
- Jeanne McManus, Washington Post: Too bad the nightly news doesn't matter anymore. "I'm such a terrible cynic: I think that anytime women outnumber men in a profession it's a sign that men have abandoned it because there's not enough money or prestige in it anymore."
- Gail Collins, New York Times: I actually feel sorry for Sarah Palin. Kind of. "Even if he were an Eagle Scout with a scholarship to Harvard, can you imagine anything worse than discovering your daughter's teenage ex-boyfriend has been given a national platform to discuss his impressions of her mom's parenting skills?"