Bipartisan breakthrough: The table for the health summit has been changed from U-shaped to O, allowing more Republican face time for TV cameras.
Such symbolism typifies an encounter in which the White House will try to put back together a bill that was blown apart by hand grenades from monolithically opposed Republicans and nakedly greedy Democratic swing Senators.
In the rubble of public disgust and Tea Party rage, the effort to start over is being dismissed as “political theater” by GOP legislators while being promoted as significant by the President’s Congressional supporters.
Max Baucus, who kept making backdoor deals with “moderate” Senate Democrats, is now an outspoken believer in “the disinfectant of the sunshine. The more we have got questions on both sides, gradually the American people are going to see more and more and more that we really do need health care reform.”
Maybe so, but behind the scenes of a dog-and-pony show to placate highly vexed voters, the President is reportedly picking up pieces of the demolished reform to settle for covering half of 30 million uninsured Americans at one-quarter of the cost.