We all know how much the media love conflict, and they have fallen in love with the health care debate. To say the process hasn't been pretty would be one of the biggest Washington understatements in years.
Wall Street owns "our" Congress lock, stock and big barrel o' campaign cash. What we call the "democratic process" is mostly a sham, pretty words that get repeated in the hopes we will all still fall for it.
The President is on-message day-in and day-out, but if the rest of his party is busy jousting over the details, media coverage will be about the uncertain outcome of the conflicts, which will swamp any messaging effort.
It's all Kabuki theater to cover up the truth that President Obama made a backroom deal with the for-profit hospital industry that the final health care bill would not include a national public option.