Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), a leading public spokesman for House conservatives, appeared on MSNBC today and made a striking recommendation: That not only should President Obama admit defeat and no longer back a public option or even a co-op — but he should personally kill it by promising a veto if Congress were to pass it.
“I think what the President ought to do is say, look, you know, I understand, we’ve heard the people,” said Gingrey. “We let the Congress draft a bill, both in the House and the Senate, at least through committee, and present it to the American public. They are rejecting the public option. Let’s don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Let’s remove the public option, and also anything that smacks of a public option, like a co-op. And indeed, I will veto that if it comes to my desk with that in there. And let’s go ahead and try to pass a good bill that we can all agree on.”
Imagine for a second if a House liberal like Barney Frank or Anthony Weiner had called on George W. Bush to reach out to Democrats by vetoing all Iraq funding.
Next up: Gingrey calls on Obama to reach out for Republican support — by joining the GOP!