Let’s Get Together

February 9th, 2010

As reported in Obama invites Republicans to summit on health care (Washington Post 2/08/10), GOP wary of Obama’s overtures, and Republicans may opt out of Obama’s health-care summit (Washington Post 2/09/10), President Obama has invited the Republican leadership to a high-level meeting about healthcare reform, but Republican leaders are leary of the idea (perhaps because of their less than stellar performance in Baltimore). But if arch-rivals Dave Letterman and Jay Leno can get together for a Superbowl ad, and Jon Stewart can appear on Bill O’Reilly’s “No Spin Zone” (read more about the latter here and about both in Once again, Letterman’s ‘Late Show’ commercial is spot on and Obama embraces new media, Washington Post 2/08/10), why are the Republicans unwilling to meet with Obama and the Dems for meaningful discussions about healthcare reform?

“I want to consult closely with our Republican colleagues. What I want to do is to ask them to put their ideas on the table… I want to come back and have a large meeting, Republicans and Democrats, to go through, systematically, all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward.” – President Obama in interview with Katie Couric during Superbowl pre-game quoted by Washington Post
 
“If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.” – Churchill responding to criticism about his alliance with Stalin to win World War Two


History is filled with examples of rivals

That cooperated for their own survivals.

Why can’t Republicans follow that model

And dispense with their partisan twaddle?


If Leno and Letterman can bury the hatchet,

Why must the Right continue its rhetoric upwards to ratchet?

If Stewart and O’Reilly can be substantive and (mostly) civil,

Why can’t the GOP take a break from mindless partisan drivel?


It’s always helpful to get together to try to work things out,

So why not try another bout?

Why not, Republicans, unless of course you’re afraid

Of the ignorance that would thereby again be displayed.

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Here’s O’Reilly’s full interview with Jon Stewart (what appeared on O’Reilly’s 2/04/10 show was edited, but Fox later put the full video on their website).

Here’s the healthcare related part of the President’s interview with Katie Couric.

Here’s the Leno/Letterman Superbowl commercial.

Here’s your theme music, Let’s Get Together by Hayley Mills from the movie The Parent Trap (the remake was good too, but sorry Lindsay, it’s all downhill from here).

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