November 18, 2013

More Obama excuses from others

Gloria Borger at Time, sums up the president's problems being positioned as everybody's fault but his:
As the story of the Obamacare website fiacso unfolds, senior administration aides tell me that the president is “mad, frustrated and angry.”

Mad that his signature legislative achievement is stuck at the gate, frustrated that he’s running out of time to fix it, and angry that he’s got a second term agenda now going nowhere. He’s so furious, in fact, that he stepped out of character to vent to an assembled group of top aides. “If I had known [about the website problems] ,” the steaming president reportedly said, according to the New York Times, “We could have delayed the website.”

All of which begs the real question: how could he not have known?
Indeed. To put a finer point on it, Borger continues:
It’s a real head-scratcher. Most powerful man in the free world. Most important issue. Most politically explosive, particularly coming on the heels of the government shutdown. Consider the context: Republicans had just tried to defund Obamacare, and they lost in a heap of public humiliation. So the rollout of Obamacare had to be really impressive, because the Republicans had to be proven wrong.
In other words, there's really no excuse - whether it comes from the president himself in a rambling bit of ennui, or from those around him, or from the media. The media might finally be ready to move on to fawning over Hillary Clinton, but they aren't quite ready to dump Obama in the gutter yet. They'll admit there are problems and that he should be more forceful in getting them fixed. But the problems are still not of his doing. Parse those words from Borger. He should have known. It's not the flaw of the program (i.e. the president), the problem is that he didn't know. They are leaving room for a miraculous Phoenix-like recovery because they simply still believe that once he finally pivots to fixing this, it will simply be done.

Ah the pivot...

Indeed, there's no mention that the issues may be bigger than just the website.  Liberals still believe that the website is an isolated glitch.  Granted, a major glitch, but once we get past it all will be sunshine and unicorns.  The problem with the disappearing coverage is another glitch that will surely be fixed in the future by a single payer option.  Presumably it will be proffered by the next savior - Hillary Clinton.

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