During last night’s address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama made one final effort to win-over Republican support for passing comprehensive health care reform by the end of the year. He repackaged his campaign health care plan into a smaller $900 billion package, embraced Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) high-risk pool proposal (sort of) and even opened the door to malpractice reform. But Republicans, who seemed to think last night’s speech was a town hall event, managed to interpret Obama’s address as a “partisan pep rally”:
ERIC CANTOR: “Something that I was taken aback by was the partisan nature of the speech.”
KARL ROVE: “This was not an exceptionally good speech. It was gratuitous and bitterly partisan.”
LINDSEY GRAHAM: “I quite frankly was offended by the whole tone. I thought it was a partisan pep rally instead of a chance to bring the country together.”
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