After a year focused on health care, procedure and polling, the House's passage of HR 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, late Sunday night clearly alleviated a great amount of strain.
Dick Cheney occupies a historically unique position: He is an ex-VP who left office electorally undefeated and has not sought the Presidency. As a result, he retains some of the trappings of an undefeated elder statesman.
Call it the "audacity of governing." It's time for battle. If Obama cares about the country as much as he says, and believes in his ideas as much as he professes, he will pull out all the tools at his disposal.
I have many things I feel thankful about in my life. But in terms of our country and our planet -- hmmm. Not feeling so confident, so up, so grateful. And about Barack Obama -- well I feel very disappointed. There, I've said it.
In the first year of his first elected term, Lyndon Johnson made the presidency look easy. Landmark bills on education, health care and civil rights were flying through Congress. But he stayed out of New York politics.
When it comes to Obama lining up votes from recalcitrant members of his own party, LBJ's brawling, Southern style of trench politics is the one best suited for the current health care reform challenge.