Late To a Loaded Table

Abby Zimet

With passion and clarity, Obama last night urged Congress and
America to "do great things" by enacting health care reform, what Ted
Kennedy long called "the great unfinished business of our society." But
Obama comes late to a table already laden with months of timidity on
the left, and venom and idiocy on the right. Why didn't he call out the
lies earlier? Why didn't supporters of a public option forge ahead
without the prattle about "bi-partisanship"? How do you reach across
the aisle to hacks and bullies whose only agenda is to wreak havoc? Why

hack and bully Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), who had the
gall to shout, "You lie!" to Obama after a whole lot of other heckling,
booing and other theatrics by outraged Republicans. Wilson reportedly
later called to
apologize, getting Rahm Emanuel on the line, which must have been
lively. Still, news has it that Wilson's website crashed from so many
complaints. And a Democratic opponent, Rob Miller, raised unexpected thousands of
dollars; to help, go here.

Above all, the tawdry spectacle reminded us: Over eight long years of
lies and more lies from the Bush administration - blood-soaked lies,
profit-making lies, immoral, illegal, tortuous lies - nobody ever stood
up in Congress to shout, "You lie!" Surreal.

From Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the longest serving member in House
history, on GOP behavior: "You've got
to understand - they're Republicans. They're just doing what comes

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