I and millions of others on the Obama listserv just got an email from David Plouffe announcing:
President Obama is holding a live strategy meeting on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time for all Organizing for America supporters.
The event page allows anyone to submit questions to the prez. Here's mine:
Why not promote long-term bipartisanship through results, not dead-end negotiations with Republicans on the health care bill? Grassley, Kyl, and the Republicans don't want any health care reform. If you pass the real reform you were elected on (read: PUBLIC OPTION) without them and it works, you will win. America will benefit. Consider using reconciliation. You should easily be able to garner 51 votes you need for real change. Broader consensus in the puppet-packed Senate will come later, on other bills, when your ideas are proven to work.
Earnest meetings and concessions to Republicans will not give us the change we need. Getting the right bill will; the bipartisan support will follow. It's good policy first, and good long-term politics as well. Why alienate your base? Why not bypass these opponents?
What's your question for 44?