By Gregory Moore
So the POTUS had this little shindig of a forum over at the Blair House on Thursday and he had his moment in the sun.
Or should I say moments.
And from what I understand about what happened, there aren’t too many people in the opposite party who are happy how they were treated.
Saying that President Obama looked boorish would probably be an understatement of the facts but let’s just all agree that what happened in that room is typical Washington politics.
But there is one thing that President Obama was correct on and it is the fact that the election is over and it is time to stop using talking points and look for real solutions.
The American public would love for that to happen in Washington but let’s face it; you can’t change how a donkey uses the toilet seat in four years and you sure as hell can’t teach an elephant table manners after they have been speaking with their mouths full and trunks in the air for thirteen years.
The bottom line is that old habits that are in both parties are hard to change over night or even over an administration cycle.
In all honesty we shouldn’t be surprised at the bottle neck known as our legislature but if Americans really want to see something as serious as the health care debate get fixed or at least fixed to a modicum where progress can be seen, instead of having a forum on CSPAN, let’s put the whole debate on a channel that Americans care to watch.
Let’s put the whole debate on ESPN and other Disney channels.
Sounds pretty stupid doesn’t it?
In reality, there is some truth to the summation.
After all what do we as Americans care about most?
For men and most women, the ESPN sports channels is what we wake up to; not CNN, FOX NEWS, MSNBC and other channels.
For many women who are in the home during the day, LMN, Oxygen and E! probably get more viewership than the big three networks that have daytime soaps running.
My premise for suggesting that maybe the powers that be put the debate on alternative channels is because you want the public to be engaged in the debate, become fully cognizant of what is going on and see the whole process unscripted and at a time where you will get maximum exposure.
CSPAN coverage of the event just won’t do it because not too many people in the normal everyday aspect of life watch C-SPAN.
So if you want Americans to pay attention to the healthcare debate and the issue, you need to put it front and center on a channel that they would normally be watching.
Pick a day port and a channel and then let the banter and bickering begin.
Would there be backlash from all aspects of the entertainment world?
Would it be unconventional?
But will it get the American public’s attention?
You better believe it.
This issue is far too important than to just keep it in the realms of Washington politics.
Forget the town hall settings.
This needs to be in a living room setting that will keep viewers engaged.
This may not sound like the most logical of ideas but one thing is certain: the American public will stay tuned to it longer on one of these channels than they would on CSPAN or some news channel.