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President George Costanza, sleeping under the desk

Seinfeldian presidency

Nothing’s happened so far except schlepping along with whatever was happening before. Maybe he’s sleeping under that big Presidential desk, the way George did.

by: fairleft @ Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 10:57:00 AM EST

BARACK: Rahm, look at my eyes.

RAHM: A little less beady today.

BARACK: Because I’m REFRESHED. I finally found a way to sleep in my office. Under the desk. I lie on my back. I tuck in the chair. I’m invisible.

RAHM: Sounds like a really cool fort.

Heard Howard Dean on Air America radio this morning, Bill Press Show I think, all coffee-ed-up and raring to tell Congress what we need to do now: make two bills, one that lowers Medicaid age [correction: Medicare age] to 55 and have it come into effect before 2010 elections, the other just the good little stuff, like no pre-existing conditions, of the present elephantine bills. And then force the Repubs to vote against no pre-existing conditions and take that into the fall elections!

And and and then . . . the Dems will smash the idiotic Republicans, cuz 55 to 64 will discover there really ISN’T a death panel, and the Medicaid [correction: Medicare] rates are reasonable, and the Repubs will be tagged as the "we like pre-existing conditions" health insurance crowd. And the American public will rally to the Democrats! We’ll be the party that fucking f-i-n-a-l-l-y, on a major battleground, sticks its finger in the eye of Mr. Corpy Moneybucks!

But, r-e-l-a-x, get off the caffeine jag, wish it were so but we don’t have a health care President Howard Dean. We got the presidency where nothing happens, except unobtrusively schlepping along with the stuff the last guy was doing.

Obama (and the rest of the Seinfeld crew: Pelosi, Reed, and so on) will move just a bit more to the right, a bit more sold out to the unhealthy borg, and do absolutely nothing resembling what Howard Dean recommends. Instead, with a few more li’l tweaks here and there, American health care will be just as screw us and highly profitable as it’s always been. Making it otherwise would take too much political and financial capital, too much energy, too much risk, too many noses out of joint; the nail that sticks up gets hammered down ya know!

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