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Krauthammer says the CBO killed large-scale health care reform, and editorialists express both support and criticism for the Race To The Top Fund.

President Obama "has to know that the best chance for congressional enactment of his health care initiative is to make it about him," William Schneider remarks. "Otherwise, why would he put himself out there every day, giving interviews, holding a prime-time news conference, delivering speeches?"

Kimberley Strassel thinks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., should heed advice from Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., about both health care reform and climate change.


• Unable to achieve wide-scale health care reform this year, Obama will settle for health insurance reform, Charles Krauthammer writes. "By year's end he will emerge with something he can call health-care reform. The Democrats in Congress will pass it because they must.... But that bill will look nothing like the massive reform Obama originally intended."

• Americans "don't understand... that getting the government involved in health care wouldn't be a radical step: the government is already deeply involved, even in private insurance," Paul Krugman maintains.

• "One reason a consensus on controlling health care costs is so elusive is that Congress is actually debating two issues at once," Ronald Brownstein posits.


• In The New Republic, Democratic strategist Ed Kilgore aims to refute commentators who say Obama has "abandoned the center."

David Brooks thinks Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner have been "effective" at "muddling through" the financial crisis.

• The White House beer summit "came out flat," Dana Milbank quips. "The three had no agenda and no comment as they sat in the Rose Garden, inviting the cameras to shoot the scene for a few seconds from 50 feet."

• "As long as most education spending goes to support the status quo," the $4 billion Race to the Top fund "will be mostly a case of political show and tell," the Wall Street Journal predicts.


• Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan "are rightly interested in replacing a wild patchwork of standards with coherent common standards and tests that would allow parents to compare their schools with others," the New York Times contends.

• "Democrats can now assume that the charmed life they enjoyed in 2006 and 2008 is over," Charlie Cook writes. "The wind, waves, and tides, which were strong and at their backs in those elections, will at best be still in 2010. The chances of those forces being in their faces this time are rising."

• If Franklin Delano Roosevelt were advising Obama right now, what would he say? Peggy Noonan asks.

• "We complain about politicians who talk in pre-tested and rehearsed sound bites, but we punish anyone who strays too far into his or her own thinking," Michael Kinsley remarks.

• "In casting his vote for Judge Sonia Sotomayor Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) struck a blow for comity, decency and intellectual honesty," the Washington Post cheers.

• "What Sotomayor" and Henry Louis Gates Jr. "share is a habit of drawing dubious lessons about race from their own experiences," Stuart Taylor Jr. asserts.

Clive Crook says that "the key to U.S.-China relations for the time being is to avoid mutually destructive quarrels."

• "Obama has committed himself to a comprehensive peace that would give Palestinians a state of their own and provide Israel with security and recognition from the wider Arab world," the Los Angeles Times maintains.

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