Let's just lay everything on the table," Grassley said. "A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn't going to pass if there weren't some changes made ... and the president says, 'You're going to destroy my presidency
Some have claimed that this vindicates DeMint.
Consider this a complete vindication of DeMint’s point, which Obama pretended to take such offense at, that if the GOP defeats ObamaCare “it will be his Waterloo, it will break him…” Evidently The One couldn’t agree more,
I disagree. DeMint's statement was not only cynical but reckless. It did give Obama an opening. This latest revelation does close the hole on this opening however. President Obama can no longer hold the moral high ground and claim that his opponents are playing politics with health care. President Obama sees health care in just as cynical a political view as DeMint does. If he insists on attacking DeMint on this that will backfire and boomerang.
There also those speculating that believe that health care reform's death will be the Waterloo of the Obama administration. I think that's premature. It will be a huge blow. I believe it will crush his administration until at least November 2010. Keep in mind that Bill Clinton suffered a similarly massive blow on the same subject. He figured out how to react. What this will mean is that if President Obama wants his presidency to be successful, he'll have to reinvent the presidency in a manner that will be much more bi partisan and centrist. Health care's defeat will mean the defeat of Obama's LIBERAL presidency.