Matt Lauer is a mild-mannered, seemingly non-threatening, daytime teevee host. Lauer is not a political news person.....even if he plays one in his role on NBC.
My beef with the Matt Lauer teevee types is that they always seem to make themselves part of whatever story that's being "reported." But that's a personal pet peeve of mine....so let's move on.
Yesterday, Lauer interviewed the president of the U.S., Barack Obama
Starting at the 2:05 mark...
Obama...."..when you actually look at the bill itself, it incorporates all sorts of Republican ideas. Some commentators have said, 'you know, this is sort of similar to the bill that former GOP governor and now presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, passed in Massachusetts. A lot of the ideas in terms of the health insurance exchanges...orignated with the Heritage Foundation."
Lauer...."So you're saying it's all politics. It's not about the inner workings of the bill. It's all politics?"
Obama...."I would say that any objective observer looking at this bill will say that this is a middle-of-the-road, centrist approach to providing coverage to people and making sure that we are also reducing costs. The overall architecture of the bill was...right down the middle."
Lauer acts a bit surprised, (emphasis on acts), over what Obama is saying. To paraphrase: 'You mean to tell me that all this anger and bitterness over health care reform....is only about politics....not about the "inner workings", the details, of the bill?"
Obama, very cooly and calmly, explains (as the Reverend has over the health reform bill), that the health reform legislation is, at best, a centrist bill....much of it's "inner workings" containing conservative and Republican ideas.
Lauer is not completely satisfied with Obama's answer.
Lauer...."Let's talk about where we are politically right now. I don't have to tell you that the passage of this bill...I think, has left this country as politically divided as it has been in a long time. You might be able to cite some other examples. But the vitriol, the rhetoric, the sniping, the threats,.... how are you possibly going to continue with any kind of legislative agenda when your opponents have said to you, 'I'm not going to cooperate with this president, with these Democrats, unless it's a matter of national security. How do you move on?"
The other day I mentioned that Village media.....corporate, corrupt media would frame the historic passage of American health care reform as a Democratic failure. That's what Chuck Todd was doing in his combative questioning of David Axelrod immediately after the bill had passed.
One rule of the Village is that everything that ever happens is bad for Democrats and, most likely, good for Republicans. It's the damnest thing. Matt Lauer is simply following the Village plan post-HCR by outrageously saying that HCR...."has left this country as politically divided as it has been in a long time". Lauer, apparently, suffers from amnesia. Could it possibly be that Matt forgot about the 2000 election and the Bush-Cheney-Rove division of the country for 8 straight years?
Remembering the very recent national divisions of the Bush-Rove years is simply not convenient for Village Matt's purpose. Lauer's job is to keep the "controversy" going for the sake of ratings....even when there is no real controversy.
And so, Village Matt, asks...'how can you possibly continue to push your political agenda in light of this never-before-witnessed division in the nation over health care reform.'
Here's how ridiculous that question really is: How much support did Obama receive from Republicans as he sought to "legislate his agenda", specifically over national health care reform? ZERO. What, then, would be the difference moving forward....moving on to other agenda items?
Republicans proudly stated a year ago that they would bring Obama down over health care reform....by denying him any GOP cooperation or votes. How could Obama have possibly moved on with his "legislative agenda" of health care reform when all the Republican opposition said that they were going to vote, as one block, against it? How could Obama have ever moved on to the keystone of his "legislative agenda"...in light of such fierce and focused opposition.....so fierce and focused an opposition as we haven't seen in a long time, according to Village Matt?
Over a year ago, Republicans said very loudly and very clearly, 'we're not going to cooperate with this president.' Republicans didn't cooperate with the president over HCR. HCR passed in spite of no GOP support. After all that takes place, Villager Matt Lauer, asks president Obama how he's going to "move on" with his "legislative agenda", when Republicans are all saying, "I'm not going to cooperate with you?"
I mean, honestly.....WTF?
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