Monday, September 23, 2013

The Land Of What’s Real

It’s nice to see a Sunday morning talk show host finally tell a guest to get real.

CBS host Bob Schieffer on Sunday encouraged Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) to come back to the “land of what’s real” and realize that President Barack Obama was never going to sign bill that defunded his signature health care reform law.

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“You know what’s going to happen,” the CBS host explained. “You can write this script now. They’re going to strip out this thing — to not fund Obamacare — out of this bill in the Senate. They’re going to wait until the very last minute, they’re going to send it back over to the House. And then you’re going to have to vote on whether we just shut down the government.”

“Well, I would hope that [Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)] would take the voice of the American people seriously,” Salmon said. “But have a straight-up vote on the floor, that’s all we’re asking. This is what the American people want.”

“But this is not the land of wishful thinking,” Schieffer pointed out. “This is the land of what’s real and what’s going to happen.”

He continued: “And even if you pass this, the president would veto it. And there are certainly not 67 votes in the Senate to override his veto. It’s law.”

Hey, Chuck Todd, are you listening?

By the way, the canard about how unpopular Obamacare is with the American people is laid waste by Jonathan Alter who called out MSNBC for parroting the polls showing it as having a high disapproval rating:

That poll that you showed with 52% opposing Obamacare, 13% actually don’t think it’s liberal enough. So a total of 57 or in some polls 59% of Americans either support Obamacare, or if they oppose it, oppose it because it’s not liberal enough. So those people who are trying to thwart it are in a distinct minority. But it is being portrayed in the press as if they’re in the majority right now. We need to stop doing that at MSNBC and across the media because it suggests that the country opposes insuring the uninsured and that’s simply not true.

Now that’s not so hard, is it?