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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Chuck Todd Annoys Progressives By Calling Public Option A 'Fetish'

NBC's First Thoughts, written by Chuck Todd, referred to the left's obsession with the "public option" portion of Obamacare and the left take that to mean that Todd is calling them some type of deviants.


Fixing the public option fetish: But the speech also will be a failure if progressives -- Obama’s second audience tonight -- are still obsessing over the public option a week from now. We've said this before and we'll say it again: Obama never made the public option the focus of his health-care ideas, in the primaries or in general election. In fact, he never uttered the words "public option" or "public plan" in his big campaign speeches on health care. But there is no doubt that the public option has fired up the left, and how he sells them near-universal coverage and lower costs -- even if it means no public plan -- could very well be the trickiest part of tonight's speech. Indeed, that the White House allowed this to become the be-all, end-all on the left ("Public option or die!") remains a mystery. On TODAY this morning, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that “there can be no reform without adequate choice and competition,” but didn’t say that choice and competition had to come from a public option.

Instead of focusing on the actual meaning behind Todd's statement below the bolded title portion, the left is freaking out about the title of that paragraph.

Crooks and Liars:

You will never hear anything like this said about conservatives. Passionately supporting a piece of legislation that we consider vital to real health care reform is now considered a fetish by NBC. WTF is that?
Craig Crawford:

NBC News calls the public option a "fetish." Providing insurance to Americans who cannot afford or obtain coverage is a fetish? A fetish? Have things gone so awry that health care for all is considered a deviant concept. Seems to me that big media's knee-jerk defense of the status quo is the real fetish.

Obsession is such a better word I guess because I don't see any complaints nor denials from the left, so far, over that.