Hypocrisy, thy name is Obama:
Here’s a full transcript of the video:
Obama on November 2, 2004: “My understanding of the Senate is, is that you need to need 60 votes to get something significant to happen, which means that Democrats and Republicans have to ask the question, uh, “Do we have the will to move an American agenda forward, not a Democratic or a Republican agenda forward.””
Obama on September 25, 2007: “The bottom line is, is our health care plans are similar. The question once again is, “Who can get it done? Who can build a movement for change?” This is an area where we’re gonna have to have a 60 percent majority in the Senate and the House in order to actually get a bill to my desk. We’re gonna to have to have a majority to get a bill to my desk that is not just a 50 plus 1 majority.”
Obama, October 9, 2007: “We’ve gotta break out of what I call the, sort of, 50 plus 1 pattern of presidential politics. Maybe you eke out a victory of 50 plus 1, then you can’t govern. You know, you get Airforce One; I mean, there are a lot of nice perks, it would be impressive. But you can’t, you can’t deliver on Health Care. You ca…, you ca…, we are not going to pass Universal Health Care with a, with a 50 plus 1 strategy.”
July 12, 2006- “Those big ticket items, fixing our health care system. Um, you know one of the arguments I sometimes get with my fellow progressives, um, an, and some of these have flashed up in the blog communities on occasion, uh, is this notion that we should function sort of like Karl Rove where we, we identify our core base, we throw ’em red meat, we get a fifty plus one, uh, victory. See, Karl Rove doesn’t need a broad consensus because he doesn’t believe in government. If we want to transform the country, though, that requires a, a, si-, si-, a sizable majority.”
I wonder what Senator Obama would have thought if President Bush wanted a simple “up or down vote” on a bill. Can he get any more hypocritical?
Cross-posted at Jumping in Pools