Michael D. Shear and Ceci Connolly, Washington Post , happen upon the truth. Albeit, I am not sure they realize it:
President Obama’s advisers acknowledged Tuesday that they were unprepared for the intraparty rift that occurred over the fate of a proposed public health insurance program, a firestorm that has left the White House searching for a way to reclaim the initiative on the president’s top legislative priority.
Administration officials insisted that they have not shied away from their support for a public option to compete with private insurance companies, an idea they said Obama still prefers to see in a final bill.
But at a time when the president had hoped to be selling middle-class voters on how insurance reforms would benefit them, the White House instead finds itself mired in a Democratic Party feud over an issue it never intended to spotlight.
In hindsight, the Obama game plan becomes clear. The Obama administration bet the proverbial farm that they could pass healthcare reform before anybody actually read the bill, much less understood it. Well the public has read the bill. The President has neither read the bill nor can he undertand it. His and administration can not defend it. Welcome to the longest lame duck administration in the our nation’s history
Hat tip DRJ, Patterico Pontifications