Obama has once again called for bipartisanship in the Thursday’s HCR conference.
I expect one of three things to happen.
Door Number 1:
Obama could cave in to GOP demands. While this would cause consternation on the GOP, because they would have to immediately about face and pretend that they now and have always opposed whatever those demands are. Such a move would doom Obama’s presidency by alienating the mainstream, let alone his base.
Door Number 2:
Obama will present what is essentially BARF (Baucus Against a Real Fix). The GOP would oppose it, as do the majority of Americans. It would probably fail to pass and doom Obama’s presidency for the same reasons.
Door Number 3:
The last and best possibility is that Obama will introduce a compromise between the House and Senate bills. Of course the GOP would refuse to compromise, and Obama can then claim justification to proceed with reconciliation. Hopefully, the public option will be put back in during that process. This alone can save Obama’s presidency.
Take your pick.