While discussing one year after the passage of The Affordable Care Act, whether most Americans support the law or not, Brit Hume throws this bit of nonsense out there:
HUME: What I would say about this is, think how different this would be now had the president and the Democrats in Congress been willing to incorporate some Republican ideas; a serious attempt at tort reform for example. He would have gotten I think not only much of what, he, the president wanted, Republicans would have gotten some of they wanted. A bunch of them would have voted for it. This notion that it's a partisan bill would be gone and the whole picture would look different right now from the way it does.
I actually in my life have never seen anything like this. I've never seen a bill with this much consequence rammed through by one party alone. And it raised questions about the legitimacy of the measure from the start and those questions persist today. And that is why, even with the polls that you and Juan cited and there are others that show something quite different, the thing remains up in the air and I think Bill is right in thinking that it will be a burden to this presidency.
What fantasy world is Hume living in? Does he really think we're supposed to believe that Republicans were ever going to vote for that bill, no matter how many of their ideas were incorporated into it? This is the party of Jim DeMint who said he wanted the stall the bill being passed for as long as possible because he wanted it to be Obama's "Waterloo" that John wrote about here -- SC's Jim DeMint would rather bring pain to President Obama than help the American people.
And would someone please explain to me what good it did to do all that wrangling and deal-making with Olympia Snowe that Susie wrote about here?
As Jon Perr pointed out in this post, bipartisanship is dead, "but it is the Republican Party which killed it." -- Bipartisanship's Willing Executioners: