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White House Playbook: Lower Expectations

John on February 23, 2010 at 8:35 am

They’ve set the table for Thursday. Here’s what they’ve done so far:

  • Announce a “bipartisan” meeting.
  • Announce the possibility of using reconciliation if it doesn’t go well.
  • Publish the revised bill in advance, but not early enough for it to be scored by the CBO.

Now, we move into the final days and the White House is busy lowering expectations for Obama:

Starting over on health care, President Barack Obama knows his chances aren’t looking much more promising… Realistically, he’s just hoping to win a big enough slice to silence the talk of a failing presidency…privately, a senior White House official sought to lower expectations, saying a solid single is better than striking out swinging for the fences. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

This White House has turned the message discipline knob up to 11. The only reason this anonymous insider is speaking to the AP is because David Axelrod wants it that way.

[HT: Hot Air headlines]

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