Many of us have been scratching our heads over President Obama's insistence on so-called bipartisanship regarding healthcare reform legislation.
The Democrats have the majority in both houses yet Obama seems to give Republican views equal weight.
He makes concessions to GOP congresspeople who won't vote for the final bill under any circumstances.
It makes no sense.
It makes no sense if you assume that Barack and the Dems truly want to pass an effective healthcare bill.
But it does make sense if you figure that Barack and the Dems never really intended to pass serious healthcare reform in the first place.
Success was never an option. Failure was never in doubt. "The Industry" was always in control.
"Bipartisanship" is a way of sharing the blame with, or even pinning the blame on, the Republicans.
Think about it... Who appear to be the villains in this melodrama? The Democrats or the Republicans?
It makes perfectly ugly sense.
[The great Max Baucus photo above comes from sfgate.]
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