Image via WikipediaSo, I am driving home from work this evening listening to talk radio. I caught the last half hour of the Sean Hannity show, and the first half hour of the Mark Levin show. Levin started his program off by announcing that Barack Obama would be meeting tonight with ten Democrat members of Congress who had previously voted against the health care bill. Levin was announcing that he would have the names and numbers of those ten members of Congress posted on his website.
He encouraged listeners to participate in a "Levin Surge" and to call those members to encourage them to vote against health care. During his announcement of the "Levin Surge," he interrupted his opening statements by discussing an article on the WeeklyStandard.com website announcing that the White House had nominated Scott Matheson of Utah to be a judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Court.
So, who is Scott Matheson and what does he have to do with Obama meeting with ten Democrat members of Congress to try to persuade them to change their vote on Obamacare? It just so happens that one of those ten members of Congress is Jim Matheson (D-UT.) Matheson previously voted against the bill in committee and against the bill when it came to a vote before the entire House. Now, Matheson is reportedly undecided.
It would appear that Scott Matheson is well qualified to be a judge. It could just be a coincidence, however, given the nature of all of the special deals that have been made to procure votes to get passage of the bill thus far, the timing of his nomination is curious. In politics, I don't believe in coincidences. The majority of people oppose this bill because of all the shady deals, but the powers that be just don't care what we think.
Oh, and speaking of the health care bill. Obama announced today that he was going to incorporate a couple ideas that the Republicans had put forth in the health care summit last week. I don't know if he actually thinks that will help it any or not. I mean, if you serve somebody a bowl of shit, and then sprinkle some sugar on it, you are still pretty much left with a bowl of shit.