Columnist Paul Krugman sees the health care hubbub as signaling the death of "Obama's dream of moving beyond divisive politics," observing that the situation may be even worse than the Clinton years "because the collapse of the Bush administration has left the GOP with no real leaders other than Rush Limbaugh." From Obama, Krugman would like to see "a sense of passion and outrage — passion for the goal of ensuring that every American gets the health care he or she needs, outrage at the lies and fearmongering that are being used to block that goal. "So can Mr. Obama, who can be so eloquent when delivering a message of uplift, rise to the challenge of unreasoning, unappeasable opposition? Only time will tell."Columnist Peggy Noonan credits the disastrous health care debate with one thing. "The Obama White House has done the near impossible: It has united the Republican Party," she wrote. "Social conservatives, economic conservatives, libertarians — they're all against the health care schemes as presented so far. They're shoulder-to-shoulder at the barricade again."
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