Well I guess it doesn't matter anymore:
Here's something I didn't know: Paul Anka
wrote that song.
All the other cool bloggers (like Amy and Skip)
are posting the local TV station's
coverage of my (New Hampshire) Congresswoman's
fundraiser (held in Boston, Massachusetts). Let me not be left out:
Even in the brief spot, the newscaster finds time to mention that (a) the event was closed to the press's prying eyes; and (b) although Speaker Nancy Pelosi was filmed entering the venue, Congresswoman Shea-Porter chose to use a different entrance away from the cameras. The overall message was probably not one Democrats would have preferred.
Pun Salad value-added: the fat-cat event was held at Beantown's Liberty Hotel; if it looks a little drab to you, no wonder: it used to be the Charles Street Jail. According to Wikipedia, previous guests included "James Michael Curley, Malcolm X, Sacco and Vanzetti, suffragists imprisoned for protests when President Woodrow Wilson visited Boston in 1919, and World War II prisoners from the German submarine Unterseeboot 234." All indications are, however, that both Shea-Porter and Pelosi were allowed to leave on their own recognizance.
President Obama, February 25, 2010, in response to John McCain
at the "Health Care Summit":
Let me just make this point, John, because we're not campaigning anymore. The election's over.NPR, today:
President Obama is back in full campaign mode to drum up support for health overhaul.CNN, today:
Obama repeated his assertion that the plan under consideration includes the best Democratic and Republican ideas. The time for debate has ended, he argued.If I may paraphrase: "No campaigning, unless I'm doing it. The debate is over, but just for my opponents."
On a releated note, Keith Hennesey
posts matched pairs of headlines, one current, one from last year.
AP: Obama's health care pitch to Democrats: Trust meRand Simberg takes the obvious shot:
AP: Obama makes last-minute appeal to Democrats for health care votes
Apparently the White House has never learned about the definition of insanity -- to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get different results.
Mark Steyn explains why the stakes are so high for both sides:
I've been saying in this space for two years that the governmentalization of health care is the fastest way to a permanent left-of-center political culture.Democrats are betting that there are no U-turns on the Road to Serfdom.
It redefines the relationship between the citizen and the state in fundamental ways that make limited government all but impossible.