Media Reactions to the Health Care Summit

Powerline has an interesting post that collects a few reactions to the health care summit by media analysts. It should be noted that these reactions were handpicked by the House Republican Conference Press Office, so they are undoubtedly biased. But considering the sources are people like Gloria Borger and Wolf Blitzer–people who rarely side with the conservative point of view–that in itself says something. Follow the link above to read all th reactions but here are a couple of the more interesting ones. The first is from Gloria Borger of CNN.

The Republicans have been very effective today. They really did come to play. They were very smart.

They took on the substance of a very complex issue. … But they really stuck to the substance of this issue and tried to get to the heart of it and I think did a very good job.

They came in with a plan. They mapped it out.The second reaction is from David Gergen, also of CNN.

The folks in the White House just must be kicking themselves right now. They thought that coming out of Baltimore when the President went in and was mesmerizing and commanding in front of the House Republicans that he could do that again here today. That would revive health care and would change the public opinion about their health care bill and they can go on to victory. Just the opposite has happened.

Paul at Powerline offers this analysis:

One of the problems for President Obama may have been that he had to take on all comers without much real help from his fellow Democrats. Obama is quite good at this sort of exchange, and seems to have shown it again today. But the Republicans kept throwing fresh and usually reasonably bright and/or attractive faces at him. The Democrats had to let Reid and Pelosi [UPDATE: and Joe Biden) speak, and neither is fresh, attractive, or especially bright.

Some pundits worried that the summit was a trap and counseled that the Republicans should not attend. In the end it would seem that the decision to attend was the correct one. If they had refused to attend it could have easily have been spun as showing a lack of interest in health care reform. Instead they showed both interest and a command of the issues.

Despite my cautious nature and general fear that something is going to get rammed through regardless of how strong public opinion is against it, I think that today’s results lessen the chance that the current bills before Congress will ever make into law.

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