Bob Krumm is right: the President should be begging us for a year’s delay of Obamacare. He’s also right about this:
That the President can’t compromise in a way that gives him everything he wants, plus the extra time he needs, is not about business. It’s strictly personal.
…although I should qualify this: under normal circumstances the President should be begging us for a year’s delay. The problem for the President is that his entire baraka – no, that’s not a pun; it’s precisely the word that I needed and meant – is tied up in being without flaw or blemish. Losing to Republicans will not be seen as threatening to weaken Obama; it will weaken him, not least in the eyes of his most slavish worshipers. And worshipers is also precisely the world that I needed, and meant.And here’s the thing about humans, when they worship a man as if he was a god. Things can get remarkably ugly when the god turns out to be a man after all.
PS: This is Barack Obama’s problem, not the GOP’s. Personally, I’m of the opinion that maybe we should start charging for letting Obamacare be delayed for a year.
PPS: Add Wolf Blitzer to the list of people offering the President a hint:
— Brian Faughnan (@BrianFaughnan) October 9, 2013