NY Times Editorial:
The Emanuel/Obama White House attempt to forge "BIPARTISAN" Health Care reform IS A FOOL's ERRAND, because the Republican Party was LONG AGO PURGED of any "Moderates" (much less any senators genuinely concerned with providing health care for Americans who aren't already wealthy), and when President Obama listens to counsel from his Emanuel/Goldamn-Sachs "economics advisers" that he must "work with Republicans," what they are really telling the president is that HIS "Health Care Reform" plans MUST BE WRITTEN BY the REACTIONARY Right-Wing corporate lobbyists!
<< Mr. Obama should know from sad experience the pitfalls of seeking bipartisan cooperation from a Republican Party that has sloughed off most of its moderates and is dominated by its right wing. His stimulus package was supported by no Republicans in the House and only three Republicans in the Senate, so-called moderates whose support was won by shrinking the package below the size at which it would have done the most good.
Now the same sort of damaging retreat may be happening in the Senate Finance Committee. Three committees in the House and one in the Senate have used their Democratic majorities to approve liberal health reform bills. The only bipartisan negotiations are between a rump group of three Democrats and three Republicans on the Finance Committee who hail from largely rural states with small populations, namely Iowa, Maine, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming. Somehow this small, unrepresentative group has emerged as the focal point for bipartisan health care reform. >>