HCR Summit: Six Hours and Counting (Updated)
The reason for the long day.
4:37 PM, Feb 25, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Why is the health care reform summit going over time? The answer is simple: President Obama. He's decided to try to refute -- at length -- every single Republican criticism of the Democratic health bill. (The only exception: Paul Ryan. In that case, Obama quickly changed the subject to Medicare Advantage.) Obviously, this is Obama's prerogative as president. And in some cases he's made good points. But he could easily have let the other Democrats at the table make those points for him. The truth is, Obama can't help himself. He never misses an opportunity to prove that he's the smartest man in the room.
Update, 5:08 p.m. A reader writes: