Rich Galen
I was on a conference call the other day which included a senior Democratic consultant. The issue of whether a health care bill would become law came up and this consultant (whom I like and respect) said, "Yes. There will be a health care bill."

Which, of course, I could not let go without saying, "But what, if anything, will be below the title?"

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Laughter all around, but I was right about it. Obama paid off Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb) the way he and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev) had paid off Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La) last month.

Put enough money on the table and just about any Democratic U.S. Senator will think, gulp, blink, and drag the pot with the rationalization that "this is all for the greater good."

Pelican Pellets.

This is no different than putting a horse's head into Jack Woltz' bed to force him into giving Johnny Fontaine a part in his movie in The Godfather. It was a deal Nelson couldn't refuse.

There is no Socialized Option in the bill. Abortions will not be covered. It is unclear who will have to pay how much or when for what coverage. All in all it is health care reform that has nothing to do with health care and contains little, if any, reform.

Other than this: If Democrats continue to control all the levers of power at the Federal level, this will change and change and change over the next two or three Congresses until health care in America is pronounced equal for everyone and mediocre for all.

Then there is the Copenhagen debacle. Obama and the other chickens little spent several months leading up to the U.N.- led conference telling us that it would probably not lead to a legally binding agreement.

That is called: Lowering the bar so when Obama got there and nothing came out the other end, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs could tell the press corps that "we told you not to raise your expectations too high, if you didn't listen to us that's your look-out."

Obama has spent some part of every week since he has been in office blaming the George W. Bush for something. One of the somethings Obama constantly blames Bush for is being a cowboy - going it alone without the love and support of all the other nations on the planet.

So, Obama saddles up and rides off to Denmark to save the day.

The day didn't want to be saved because India, China, Brazil are sort of at the top of their industrialization cycle and aren't all that interested in having Barack Obama tell them what they can and can't do.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at