The health care reform debate is proceeding slowly at the moment.  All of the sudden two Republicans are back in play who may be more amenable to some sort of public option than the four holdout conservative Democrats.  They’re talking triggers.  Has anybody ever seen a federal policy “trigger” actually pulled?  Consensus is that triggers normally mean it won’t happen, although the HRC politics do have some unique dynamics.

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A very interesting dynamic on the Ed Schultz show last night.  He was interviewing conservative talk show host Michael Medved who pumped out the usual in terms of sudden Republican concern for the deficit (some mathematician out there will probably come up with a calculus formula someday for the increase/decrease of concern for the deficit depending on whether you are the party in power) and jobs.  When Schultz pointed out that the CBO scores the deficit as actually being mitigated by reform, his response was different from Lieberman’s (who simply says he doesn’t believe it).  His concern was that it wouldn’t happen right away, and to the degree that it does it’s factoring in the increased taxes which for some reason only known to him shouldn’t be considered in reference to the deficit.  Point is, he acknowledges the long term fiscal benefits of reform.  Would that Republicans in office would go on record as well.

Medved is one of the few right wing talk show hosts I can stomach in large doses.

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Former Labor Secretary Elaine Chow blames the recession on Obama, citing the unemployment rate of November, 2007.  Apparently Obama was president for the year 2008.

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Jon Stewart on Obama’s channeling of Bush.

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Senator Dave Vitter – waiting for coffee is for the little people.

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Bernie Sanders bucks Wall Street and blocks Fed Reserve Chair Bernenke’s confirmation for another term, demanding disclosures as to where the TARP money went.  More power to him.

Here’s part of the exchange.

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And Nate Silver thinks that Obama’s promise to pull out of Afghanistan by 2011 is what will make or break his presidency.  It is inconsistent with Obama’s current image as a pol who takes no chances.  Maybe he’s hoping economic recovery will draw minds away from the promise should he have to break it.  Or maybe he’s that sure of the plan.

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