The former Senator from Kansas was never one of my favorite people, but I don’t have any problem with agreeing with someone when they happen to be right.

As you can see, Bob Dole couldn’t be more right. The reason the healthscare cretins were allowed to do so much to derail healthcare reform is that the President wasn’t in front of it. Obama was afraid of being caught in the kind of trap set and launched on Bill and Hillary Clinton, but times have changed a LOT since then, along with the costs of care. The President, in attempting to keep his “likability,” has made his road a hell of a lot harder to follow than it would have been if he’d been the one introducing reform.

I believe that the best possible path might well be the one that Dole offers up here. And I believe it can still be done; 4 in 5 of us are in agreement that something has to be done.

Health-care reform is the No. 1 domestic priority. With all the charges and countercharges, those who will be affected, the American people, are understandably confused. Many are angry. Reform of our health-care system is a gigantic undertaking, but too many measures have been drafted in congressional committees by liberal Democrats. It’s become too much for many to grasp.

After 35 years in Congress, I know there are times when a fresh start is advisable.

If I were a White House adviser, I would suggest that the day Congress reconvenes, President Obama’s version of reform should be introduced by Democratic leaders in the House and Senate. Health-care reform is the vital issue of our time, and Obama should be out front with his specific plan on this make-or-break issue.

Many of us were taught that the president proposes and Congress disposes. Today, Congress is doing both — with the president relegated to the role of cheerleader in chief as he campaigns for various House committees’ efforts. Certainly, Obama supports much in these proposals — but Barack Obama is our president, not a commentator.

Obama’s approval numbers would jump 10 points if Americans knew he was fully in charge. A tactical move of introducing his own plan would also stir more Republicans to become active for reform in critical areas. Right now the president’s biggest problem is with congressional Democrats, who are split and searching for a way out of the medical wilderness.

In short, the president, Congress and the public are choking on all this, and choking is not covered by the legislation.

When I served as Senate Republican leader, I recall President Ronald Reagan telling me after he’d sent a bill that I would introduce that he wanted it all — but that if I could get 70 to 80 percent, to run with it, and he would try to get the rest later. Neither Reagan nor Obama has been considered a master of Congress, but both are known for their great popularity and for understanding the art of reaching for more than they could reasonably expect. Now, consider this: Members of Congress want to keep their jobs. They support their president, but they also want to be employed, with a good health plan (like the one they enjoy now), after this president or even the next has come and gone. So votes on this issue are not simply partisan. They are also about survival. Most lawmakers, Republican or Democratic, will think long and hard before casting this vote — to avoid backing into a buzz saw.

It’s a thoughtfully written piece. I disagree with a lot of his conclusions, but I agree with what he thinks should be done. Read all of it, and you’ll see what I mean.

Dole is, of course, a throwback; the knuckle draggers have managed to eliminate most of his kind from the Rushpubliscum Party. This is why I don’t put much stock in the MSM’s wild predictions of Rushpubliscums picking up 50 sseats in the next Congressional election cycle. If they had more Bob Doles and fewer John Kyls, maybe. But they don’t, do they?

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