Michael Godwin writes about the President’s come-Hell-or-high-water determination to pass his health-care legislation (among other progressive golden calves) and reminds us that Obama’s favorite movie is The Godfather:
Asked by Couric if he had a favorite scene, the President-to-be said:
“… the opening scene of the first Godfather where the caretaker comes in and, you know, Marlon Brando is sitting there and he’s saying, ‘You disrespected me, you know, and now you want a favor.’
“You know it sets the tone for the whole movie … there’s this combination of old world gentility and you know, ritual with this savagery underneath. It’s all about family.”
Now “The Godfather” trilogy is about many things, and family is surely one of them. But it’s also a cautionary tale about arrogance, and perhaps that’s the lesson Obama should heed.
I doubt he will, though. Unlike Bill Clinton, who tacked toward the political center after his crushing defeat over health-care reform and in the 2010 1994 midterm elections and had a relatively successful presidency thereafter, I don’t think Barack Obama has the political self-awareness and flexibility to eat his piece of humble pie and seek compromise. No, he wants the opposition to kiss Don Barack’s ring, and this arrogance may well cost him his entire agenda.
One question, though: Does this make Biden the administration’s Fredo?
(via Gaius at Blue Crab Boulevard)
UPDATE: Edited to fix the date of Clinton’s midterm debacle. Then again, with so many former Clintonistas in the Obama government, it does kind of feel like Bill’s around, again… 😉