"In a special essay by PBS host Bill Moyers, the part-time editorialist and one-time LBJ White House press secretary captured the essence of America's health insurance debate with a single word: "Deranged."
"Red, white, and blue kooks are as American as apple pie and conspiracy theories," he said.
So here we are, wallowing in our dysfunction. Governed — if you listen to the rabble rousers — by a black nationalist from Kenya smuggled into the United States to kill Sarah Palin's baby. And yes, I could almost buy their belief that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, only I think he shipped them to Washington, where they've been recycled as lobbyists and trained in the alchemy of money laundering, which turns an old-fashioned bribe into a First Amendment right.
Only in a fantasy capital like Washington could Sunday morning talk shows become the high church of conventional wisdom, with partisan shills treated as holy men whose gospel of prosperity always seems to boil down to lower taxes for the rich.
Poor Obama. He came to town preaching the religion of nice. But every time he bows politely, the harder the Republicans kick him.
No one's ever conquered Washington politics by constantly saying "pretty please" to the guys trying to cut your throat.
Moyers goes on to suggest that the president must "tell it like it is" during his speech to Congress on Wednesday.
The key to getting the health insurance reforms he seeks, Moyers added, may lie with Talking Points Memo creator Josh Marshall, who suggested recently that a public health insurance option would be within reach if Democrats could just describe it as being allowed to buy into medicare before age 65."