1. The public option is officially dead
2. The White House announces YET ANOTHER new strategy
3. How long will THIS ONE last?
4. Smart odds are betting less than 24 hours
5. This one's called, "compromise health care"
6. Axelrod's the guy doing most the talking
7. Now, he's all into wanting to "synthesize and harmonize"
8. "The president is going to be very active," says the senior adviser
10. What's he think the CHIN in Chief's been doing the last 6 months?
11. He's preempted every primetime TV show, summoned emergency press conferences, conducted closely choreographed town halls that looked oddly like Michael Jackson's funeral, in conspicuous contrast to what he's put party vets like Ms McCaskill, Mr Cardin and literally 100 others thru
12. "Very active," huh? Does that mean he's actually gonna WRITE his first piece of legislation?
13. Somehow, I kinda doubt it
14. He's not ABLE, which is why he's let Ms Pelosi and her partisan pals in parliament do all the details, from stimulus to cap and trade
15. Because THIS White House possesses not a person physically capable of crafting a bill
16. Obama's taken a lot of crap for ceding too much to Capitol Hill, or, as Axelrod says, for allowing "Congress to consider the whole range of options"
17. "History will judge whether it was right or wrong" to let Waxman/Rangel write the reform, Axelrod ruminates, but "we feel strongly it was right"
18. Then why change strategy?
19. The White House is still debating internally its presentation---should it stick to broad principles (the disastrous approach which has brought us HERE), or should it "send specific legislative language" to Congress?
20. Some "hybrid" is reportedly "likely"
22. He hasn't learned a thing
23. What happened to the Schumer Strategy, cramming the program thru upper house via reconciliation, bypassing filibuster with 51 ayes?
24. Another fantasy of half a day's duration
25. The White House perceives that the president's popularity has plummeted but paints the plunge as a positive, in that it's produced LOWERED EXPECTATIONS
26. The admin says it looks forward to a showdown with the party's left wing---this would finally be the smart move, the first solid play in months
27. Except President Change-His-Mind can't stay focused on any single approach for more than a day (see point #4 above)
28. The ADHD administration
29. No timetable, says Axelrod---except HURRY! HURRY! is his hark
30. This isn't the fifth inning, he analogizes
31. The recess musta been his seventh inning stretch
32. Apparently, it's bottom of the ninth
33. The prez needs "a break from his August break," says a White House official
35. The prez is gonna tie his new LATEST strategy to some screwball claim that he's "showing progress in Afghanistan"
36. The president plans to send Congress a report on Afghanistan by Sept 24 designed to inspire confidence after two months of the highest casualties in the Mountains on the Moon since Bush's invasion 8 years ago
37. Health care and Kabul in the same sentence---why???
38. This guy has absolutely no idea how to SELL
39. The left is gonna go livid over his DUMPING their precious option
40. Pelosi proclaimed today---any reform without her public component cannot pass
41. While her Whip, Mr Hoyer, said simultaneously---no tax hike, no deficit increase, or "I won't vote for it"
42. Public option is dead
43. The president is desperate
44. He does not have a CLUE what to do next
45. He makes up all this stupid crap as he limps along, the improvisational presidency
Under Fire, Obama Shifts Strategy | NBC New York
Aides to President Barack Obama are putting the final touches on a new strategy to help Democrats recover from a brutal August recess by specifying the components of a compromise health-care deal, and directly and publicly confronting other trouble spots.
“We’re entering a new season,” senior adviser David Axelrod said in a telephone interview. “It’s time to synthesize and harmonize these strands and get this done. We’re confident that we can do that. But obviously it is a different phase. We’re going to approach it in a different way. The president is going to be very active.”
Top officials privately concede the past six weeks have taken their toll on Obama's popularity. But they 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.
“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.”
The timing, format, venue and content of Obama's presentation are still being debated in the West Wing. Aides have discussed whether to stick to broad principles, or to send specific legislative language to Capitol Hill. Some hybrid is likely, the officials said.
“I’m not going to put a date on any of this,” Axelrod said. “But I think it’s fairly obvious that we’re not in the second inning. We’re not in the fourth inning. We’re in the eighth or ninth inning here, and so there’s not a lot of time to waste.”