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Archive for January 29th, 2010

Obama steps into lions’ den

Posted by James McPherson on January 29, 2010

I’ve noted previously that I’ve thought Barack Obama has spent too much time talking to too many groups, while accomplishing too little. But today’s session with House Republicans, captured on live television (except on Fox, which bailed early), was the most compelling political television I’ve seen in a while.

I’d like to see meetings of this sort become a monthly occurrence with both the House and the Senate–perhaps with a leading Republican standing before his Democratic colleagues in the same fashion. Unlike the warped Senate “filibuster” process in which no one has to take responsibility for perpetuating the “politics of no,” television used in this way lets us see and weigh arguments by those whom we elect–not just by those who pay for them.

It’s an idea that John McCain has favored in the past, so perhaps he’ll promote it. Oh, yeah–that was the 2008 McCain. Who knows what today’s version thinks?

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