In President Obama's prepared remarks, he tries to paint himself and members of his party as heroes who push through this "long and wrenching debate" and don't "give up because the politics are hard."
Listening to him, you might actually be fooled into thinking that he's the outsider pushing against the machine rather than the president pushing against the increasingly vocal -- and obvious -- voice of the people. And the people are shouting, "Stop!"
His remarks also read, "At stake right now is not just our ability to solve this problem, but our ability to solve any problem. The American people want to know if it's still possible for Washington to look out for their interests and their future."
He's got it half right. That is what the American people want to know. But the president cannot show us he is looking out for our interests and our future by forcing a quick, partisan vote on an issue that will impact not only this time but generations to come. This is especially true since he was so adamant in his opposition to using this very parliamentary measure in governance during his campaign.
And he cannot show us that he is listening when polls show that only 35-40 percent of Americans support this bill.