For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Obama losing his luster.
Could it be that President Barack Obama's Midas touch is starting to dull a bit, even among members of his own party? Conservative House Democrats are balking at the cost and direction of Obama's top priority, an overhaul of the nation's health care system. A key Senate Democrat, Max Baucus of Montana, complains that Obama's opposition to paying for it with a tax on health benefits "is not helping us." Another Democrat, Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma, tells his local newspaper that Obama is too liberal and is "very unpopular" in his district.
Is this just the beginning of a fall back to Earth for Obama, or a minor glitch? Will this impact his ability to get healthcare reform and cap and tax passed?