Anthony Weiner–whose professional comportment was challenged on the House floor yesterday, and who was not invited to the president’s health care chat today–seemed to be the only person enjoying the so-called summit.
“It’s too bad we won’t get to hear Republicans squeal like they did yesterday when they asked me to take my comment back,” Mr. Weiner wrote in a lively live blog posted to Daily Kos. “But I still have a TV and a laptop. Just because we won’t be in the room, doesn’t mean that those of us who want real health care reform can’t make our voices heard.”
By noon, most of the cable networks had cut away, and (as is plain in some of the photos), even some of the attendees were checking their Blackberrys.
The afternoon was even more of a slow, partisan chess match, so we’ll allow the opinionated Mr. Weiner to summarize in a few lines (from, it should be noted, the position of a deep believer of the public option):
“This meeting hasn’t produced drama but it has produced a pretty stark contrast,” Mr. Weiner wrote at 1:16 p.m. “As the expression goes, it takes a great woman to build a barn, but any jackass can kick it down.”
At 3:32 p.m., he took a pot shot: “I think Leader Boehner is particuarlly livid about the tanning-bed tax. Surprised he hasn’t mentioned it.”
By 4:51 p.m., he was thoughly disappointed: “The President let this turn into a gripe session after lunch.”
But at 5:01 p.m., uplifted! “Wow! Speaker Pelosi closing with a bang. Public option! Ripping the health insurance industry! Maybe we are in the room!”
“OK, that was actually fun in a wonky kind of way,” he wrote in his last entry at 5:22 p.m. Sadly, that’s really all you need to know.