"Still, my take is that the summit was basically a draw, but with a slight edge to the Republicans. They didn't have to win, after all. They just had to seem non-insane, and for the most part they did. What's more, Obama missed a chance to provide a punchy, 60-second sales pitch for the Democratic plan." - Kevin Drum, liberal website "Mother Jones"1
"So what did we learn from the summit? What I took away was the arrogance that the success of things like the death-panel smear has obviously engendered in Republican politicians. At this point they obviously believe that they can blandly make utterly misleading assertions, saying things that can be easily refuted, and pay no price. And they may well be right."
The belief that government controlling healthcare is a viable option cannot be refuted to Krugman, Dionne, Drum, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or Barack Obama.
25% -- yes, only 25% of Americans wants this reform to be passed. Compared to 75% that supported President Obama's effort one year ago, 50% of the population have come to the same conclusion -- no.
Cartoon from Biggovernment.com: http://biggovernment.com/sgor/2009/11/24/tuesday-funnies-no-support-edition/