11/08/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Health Care Is a Done Deal if You Read Between the Lines

John Podesta, a ranking figure in the Democratic Party who ran the Obama transition team, has been making ominous remarks about the president's prospects:

"It goes without saying that a lot is riding now on his ability to re-energize the health care debate and bring it home to a successful conclusion,'' Podesta told the New York Times' White House reporter, Peter Baker. And: "'Nothing will influence the perception of the presidency more than whether he can be successful in getting a health care bill through the Congress.'"

So he could be toast? Like that?

If we assume that Podesta doesn't just run at the mouth, that every word he speaks, especially to the New York Times, is a professional and calculated one, and that he represents certain powers that be in the Democratic Party, are those powers writing off the president? If he doesn't get his heath care bill, he's failed?

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