"whatever it takes"
to get his controversial health care package passed. So what exactly does that entail?
Last night, the president played host to ten House Democrats
who previously voted against his health care plan in November--a seemingly obvious ploy to try and win their favor with another vote pending in the very near future. One of the ten is Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah. Is it any coincidence that just hours before the gathering at the White House, a press release
had gone out announcing that Matheson's brother, Scott M. Matheson, Jr., had been nominated by President Obama for the U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit?
Of course the White House will say it's sheer coincidence. After all, it would look pretty bad for a president to use nominations to the courts as bargaining chips to win over members of Congress in voting for an incredibly unpopular
health care bill, right? But one thing the Obama administration has taught us over the last year is that everything
this president does has a distinct purpose and NOTHING goes unscripted. Just sayin'...
H/T to my friend John McCormack
who also observes:
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has said President Obama will do