The relatively brief 209 words specifically devoted to health care reform were tucked away in the latter half of the speech. It acknowledged that there were concerns, made use of humor, offered vague concessions, pointed to some favorable anecdotes, concocted a villain, portrayed Mr. Obama's positions as principled and held out the possibility of compromise. In other words, change the subject while trying not to burn a lot of political capital, confound the opposition with time-consuming as well as unsubstantive negotiations outside of the public spotlight and always, but always, take the high road.
The DMCB likes the approach so much, it's adapted the speech to a recent favorite topic:
Now, I have heard rumors that you still have concerns about the DMCB purchase of a multi-media surround sound system with a 3D HDTV. (Laughter.) So let me be the first to say that anything can be improved. If you have ideas about how to improve this situation by making our cable TV viewing better or more affordable, I am eager to work with you. We can start right now by correcting a flaw in the set-up that has an unnecessary wire dangling out the back of the screen. (Applause.) What I’m not willing to do -- what I’m not willing to do is go back to the days when room acoustics could deny us of adequate audio because of cheapo speakers..... (Applause.)