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Sunday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 26, 2009


Windows 7 will have an XP emulator mode so you can run all the programs that don’t work in Vista.

Ben Nelson just got put in his place over the giveaway to the banks known as “the student loan program”.

— Speaking of putting people in their place, Obama has told Congressional Republicans that he has had enough of their garbage:

If you’ve ever been in a no-limit high stakes poker game and found yourself with a short stack of chips, you know what it’s like to play with a major disadvantage. It’s not enough to have a good hand. At any time, another player can force you to make the decision between folding and going all-in with the remainder of your chips. Any hand you choose to play could spell your elimination. Under those circumstances, you have to wait until you have a great hand. Bluffing becomes a suicide mission. And, yet, if you just keep folding as you wait for a great hand, your pile will be slowly bled dry by the antes. You must gamble. Analogous decisions have faced the Republicans since the beginning of this Congress.

Barack Obama has watched how the Republicans play their game, and he appears to have come to the conclusion that they like to overplay their hands.


In a meeting with House Republicans at the White House Thursday, President Obama reminded the minority that the last time he reached out to them, they reacted with zero votes — twice — for his stimulus package. And then he reminded them again. And again. And again.A GOP source familiar with the meeting said that the president was extremely sensitive — even “thin-skinned” — to the fact that the stimulus bill received no GOP votes in the House. He continually brought it up throughout the meeting.

You can call him ‘thin-skinned’ if you want, but he’s really just being realistic. He made concessions to the House GOP during the stimulus debate and he got absolutely nothing in return. In essence, he folded a good hand and lost a pot that rightfully belonged to him. The Republicans had been bluffing about bipartisanship. He’s not about to trust them again over the signature domestic issue of his campaign: health care reform.

It’s a bit byzantine and I’m not going to get into full details here, but the Democrats have decided to use the budget ‘reconciliation’ process to push through health care. It’s a procedure that limits debate, which therefore eliminates the GOP’s ability to filibuster. The point is that health care can pass with 50 votes (plus Joe Biden’s tiebreaker) instead of the 60 normally needed to cut off debate. If Congress does not pass a health care bill by October 15th, it will be passed under reconciliation.

More like this, please.

3 Responses to “Sunday Morning News Roundup”

  1. MEC said

    My reaction to the GOP source’s insistence that President Obama was “thin-skinned” was, “Projection. It’s not just for movie theaters.”

  2. Stormcrow said

    I caught that piece about the XP emulator mode. Except that the way I heard this, it’s to be a virtual machine.

    If they do this even halfway right – given that VM technology is very mature these days – it’ll be one of the smartest things I’ve ever seen anybody do in this particular market sector.

  3. omen said

    obama to nelson: we’re going around you

    great news!

    the president was extremely sensitive — even “thin-skinned” — to the fact that the stimulus bill received no GOP votes in the House.

    grrr. somebody should do a bar graph that shows just how often and how regularly dems voted for bush proposals.

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