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No We Can’t
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The National Republican Senatorial Committee is out with this new ad about President Obama backing off his promise to let the public read a bill online for five days. It’s a well put together ad that highlights the lack of transparency on the Democrats’ part, while tapping into the broader theme that Obama’s actions as president are not consistent with his lofty campaign rhetoric. So while it makes perfect sense to hit Democrats on an issue that has strong non-ideological public support, there’s also a danger of playing this up too much in the health care debate specifically. The problem is that it would be very easy for Demcorats to give in to allow the posting of the bill online for 72 hours — and look like they’re being conciliatory — while still passing a really awful health care bill. A comparison I’d make is to the stimulus debate, when Republicans focused on the money going into pork barrel projects rather than focus their fire on the philosophy behind the stimulus itself. So, in the end, Democrats just stripped out a few egregious examples of government waste, deprived Republicans of those easy targets, and convinced the public that Republicans were “The Party of No.” So, by all means, this is an issue worth raising, but it should not overwhelm arguments much more central to the health care debate.

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