The lede of Brian Williams’ NBC Nightly News top story, on the health care bill:
It’s as close to universal health care as America will likely ever come …
How the hell does he know? … Sorry, Mr. Noah! … P.S.: I like Williams–hard to dislike him– but he has a habit of filling in the interstices of the news with insights from his gut, which is not infallible. …
How the Hell Does He Know, Part II: Non-bankable pollster John Zogby declares:
With the passage of healthcare reform, the battle lines are firmly drawn for the congressional elections in November.
Hmm. The Feiler Faster Thesis says we don’t know what the battle lines will be in November–that’s multiple eternities from now. Certainly they aren’t “firmly drawn.” … My guess would be that health care will now fade from consciousness with surprising rapidity. (Yes, I’ve been wrong about this sort of thing before–see 9/12/01 entry.) … 7:42 P.M.
Toughest Job in Town: Who’s the guy assigned to keep Obama’s ego in check? … Tip: Start by reminding Obama that he won the vote in part by leveraging his weakness–pleading with Democratic Congressmen to save his Presidency. … 8:20 P.M.