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Is the President Superman, After All?

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Finally, this health care stuff is getting interesting.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' assertion, on Fox News Sunday, of all deliberate places, that there will be a health-care bill passed this week is a declaration of brute political force and pure fuck you, no-accommodation certainty.

"I am absolutely confident we are going to be successful," added David Axelrod on Meet the Press, also expressing the White House's new macho thing.

All of the calculations are transparent:

They have the votes and can do it.

Doing it, with all its attendant risks, is better than not doing it.

Having done it, clarity and success are achieved.

Clarity and success are something you can run on--better, certainly, then convulsion and disappointment.

It's a strategy that, suddenly, has the immediate virtue of obviousness. Bold and headstrong plays better than being stuck in the morass. Outflanking your enemies is better than being pinned down by them.

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