Pragmatist or Ideologue?

January 21, 2010

An email exchange;

My opener:

I’m thinking it’s a point for me (ideologue) so far. Let’s see what he says at the State of the Union.

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Friend’s reply:

I don’t know. WSJ seems to suggest pragmatist.

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ My reply;

I wasn’t confining my belief (too early to call it an observation) to health care. I’m referring to his overall approach to governing. I don’t think he’s going to give up on cap-and-trade, for example.

Bill Clinton famously used the line “The era of big government is over.” That was a serious tack to the center. If our current President said anything like that, I think his tongue would catch on fire.

As far as health care goes, I think the article is ambiguous. It certainly could be that he intends to get some form of healthcare through, but then there’s this: “White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said later the president would prefer Congress to pass the comprehensive package, and hasn’t given up on that option.”

So, who knows. I think the State-of-the Union address should tell us all something. Tom tells me that he hears he was pushing to have healthcare done by then. Now, odds are he’ll have to say something else.



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